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Re: Alt attribute for unimportant images

From: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 23:30:03 +0200
To: RickR@biztro.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <cs3nms00b60feea0qc9p2cn1npf3b61lfp@4ax.com>
On Tue, 11 Jul 2000 12:25:59 -0700, RickR@biztro.com wrote:

>Isn't ALT a required attribute of the IMG element in XHTML 1.0?  Is this an

It's "required" in the same sense as it is "required" in HTML.

>I say this, because if you must use IMG for layout purpose (e.g. the
>infamous spacer.gif), you wouldn't want the user agent to pop up a "tool
>tip" for every little GIF you may have on your web page.

User agents that "pops up tool tips" from ALT attribute values are
severely broken.

Bug reports on this are to be sent to NS and MS of course.

The only proper attribute value to use for an eventual "tool tip
presentation" is the value of the "advisory TITLE attribute", period.

Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Received on Tuesday, 11 July 2000 17:29:56 UTC

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