Message-ID: <JbushBCWjQz0EwRO@the-net-effect.com> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 22:06:14 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Colin F Reynolds <email@example.com> Subject: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips In article <01ISU2RGUNG200877V@SCI.WFBR.EDU>, Foteos Macrides <MACRIDES@SCI.WFBR.EDU> writes > HTML 4.0 provides for a TITLE *attribute* in IMG and homologous >elements, with this explanation of its intent: > >[...] > 7.4.3 The title attribute > Attribute definitions > title = text [CS] > This attribute offers advisory information about the element > for which it is set. [snippety] > Values of the title attribute > may be rendered by user agents in a variety of ways. For instance, > visual browsers frequently display the title as a "tool tip" (a short > message that appears when the pointing device pauses over an object). <nodding> >[...] > So what you want is: > > <IMG SRC="foo.blah" ALT="alternative_string" TITLE="tooltip_string"> > >and broader implementation and understanding of this provision in HTML 4.0. I agree 100%. So, AIUI, you are confirming that the position of the W3C is that the implementation of the IMG element's ALT attribute as a tooltip is BAD, and that a viable alternative exists in the recommendation. Thank you. Hopefully I can now go away and mark up my content in the manner you describe above in the knowledge that, although in the short term non- compliant browsers will produce a misleading rendering of my documents, in the longer term the flawed implementations will be replaced by compliant versions. /me crosses his fingers... -- Colin c[_] Q: How do you recognise a computer programmer? A: The answer to the question "Would you like a tea or a coffee?" is: "Yes!"