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[off topic] RE: Re: Clarification needed on ALT/TITLE tooltips

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 07:05:04 -0700 (PDT)
To: Chris Moschini <Chris.Moschini@amdocs.com>
Cc: Brian Bober <netdemonz@yahoo.com>, "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.56.0307020656370.18693@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 2 Jul 2003, Chris Moschini wrote:
> >
> > I have yet to see an important page where the lack of tooltips is such
> > a problem; all the pages that rely on them for navigation are unusable
> > anyway, since users won't know to look for tooltips in the first
> > place.
> I don't want to get into the alttext holy war here as there has been on
> Bugzilla, but this opinion is wrought with personal subjectivity. The
> pages important to you are not the same as those important to others

Yes, of course it is indeed subjective. However, it can be reasonably well
defined; in the case of Mozilla, "important" sites are those that are
listed as the "top100" sites (actually about 150 sites at the moment), as
well as sites where multiple people who are not affiliated with the site
in question have independently reported the problem to Bugzilla.

In all these cases, though, it is of course a judgement call. Quirks mode
is supposed to only have a limited set of differences, and Mozilla's
already has a balooning list of quirks, which makes the life of everyone
involved (authors, evangelists, QA, engineers, documentation writers, etc)
increasingly difficult. IMHO, the barrier to entry for adding quirks is
way too low already.

This should probably be discussed elsewhere though; if you want to
continue this thread in another newsgroup please CC me and I'd be happy to
reply there.

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