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Display alt text on mouse-over?

From: <makoto.ueki@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:23:50 +0000 (GMT)
To: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
Message-Id: <20090818162350.EA666DEE8C@lowblow.w3.org>
Name: Makoto Ueki
Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
Affiliation: JIS Working Group
Document: TD
Item Number: H24
Part of Item: User Agent Notes
Comment Type: technical
Summary of Issue: Display alt text on mouse-over?
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
User Agent and Assistive Technology Support Notes reads:



"For example, Internet Explorer will display the alt text on mouse-over if there is no title text, Firefox and Opera only display the title text on mouse-over and do not use the alt attribute text for this purpose. Thus, to ensure the alt attribute text is visible on mouse-over, the same text should be used on the title attribute."



Alt text is text alternative for non-text content and not meant to be displayed on tooltip. Firefox and Opera are correct. This description can mislead readers. Actually many authors misuse alt attribute for tooltip on mouse-over and its alt text can't be text alternative.

Proposed Change:
Remove this part. 
Received on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:50:00 UTC

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