Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:51:48 -0500


Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19980127085148.009be560@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:51:48 -0500
To: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
In-Reply-To: <34CDAD3F.5569934C@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as   tooltips

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At 10:47 AM 27/01/98 +0100, Daniel Dardailler wrote:
>Feel free to read the archive of the HTML Author Guideline working group, 
part
>of the WAI
>activity of W3C (http://www.w3.org/WAI) where we are also debating this 
kind of
>issues.
>
>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998JanMar/0022.html

I must say that I'm surprised to see your suggestion that the role of ALT 
and TITLE be switched.  All current browser implementations of which I'm 
aware treat ALT as an image replacement and TITLE as an image supplement 
(with the exception of the ALT-as-tooltip implementation).  Surely an 
image's replacement should be *functional* and its supplement 
*descriptive*, no?

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