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RE: Re: Clarification needed on ALT/TITLE tooltips

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 06:44:26 -0700 (PDT)
To: Chris Moschini <Chris.Moschini@amdocs.com>
Cc: 'Asbjørn Ulsberg' <asbjorn.ulsberg@nrk.no>, "'Simon Jessey'" <simon@jessey.net>, "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.56.0307010642500.3394@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 1 Jul 2003, Chris Moschini wrote:
> ...I think for HTML3.2, displaying ALT text was entirely reasonable. It
> was a sensible interpretation of the standards in the absence of the
> title attribute. Much of the Web was written in HTML3.2 and below, and
> so it is reasonable of any browser, including IE, to assume that a page
> with no DTD pointer is written for one of these older standards. The
> functionality regarding tooltips of AltText is, therefore, valid.

Actually, the text of the HTML3.2 spec is even more in favour of not using
tooltips than the text for HTML4. The 3.2 spec is very explicit about alt
attributes on the IMG element being for _replacement_ only.

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