Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Rasmus Kaj (kaj@cityonline.se)
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 14:36:07 +0100


To: jmkgre@essex.ac.uk
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Cc: kaj@cityonline.se
From: Rasmus Kaj <kaj@cityonline.se>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:21:25 +0000 (GMT)"
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Message-Id: <19980129143607O.kaj@cityonline.se>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 14:36:07 +0100
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

>>>>> "JG" == James Green <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk> writes:

 >> Oops. I meant: Why use the image at all?

 JG> Because until a browser fully supporting style sheets comes into the 
 JG> majority of people's lives, backwards compatibility is a major issue!!

Yes, but there are two kinds of backwards kompatibility. Either you
can try to make your pages _look_ identical in old browsers as in the
new ones, or you can koncentrate on the content, and make sure the
page is still readable and looks nice (but maybe not identical) in the
old browsers, and looks really good in new browsers.

The first kind ('visual identity') means lots of tables and font-tags,
the second means correct and clean html + style-sheets.

While 'visual identity' might still be what many sites prefer, it is
only a matter of workarounds and ugly hacks and is of no theoretical
interesst ... So I don't think it should be a major issue on this list. 

// Rasmus Kaj

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