Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Sue Jordan (sjacct@worldnet.att.net)
Mon, 26 Jan 1998 13:46:29 -0500


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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 13:46:29 -0500
From: Sue Jordan <sjacct@worldnet.att.net>
To: James Green <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

James Green wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 26 Jan 1998 17:08:23 +0000 Colin F Reynolds
>> <colin@the-net-effect.com> wrote:
..
> > >> of the image, e.g. <img src="mylogo.gif" alt="MyLoGo"> or
> > >> <img src="bullet.gif" alt="*">.
> > >
> > >My thoughts precisely.
> >
> > So we agree, James? When, in this example, the ALT attribute value of
> > "*" is IMPLEMENTED AS A TOOLTIP (see topic) this impairs the
> > functionality of the user interface, since the tooltip does not provide
> > the reader with any useful information, and, worse, creates an
> > unnecessary distraction.
> 
> You're not going to let this go, are you?
> 
> [Sigh]
> 
Sigh notwithstanding, broken as designed is still B.A.D.

Sue Jordan