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Re: Display alt text on mouse-over?

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 14:21:22 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0908281421q2dc915c9gd64bad3f99ec0fcd@mail.gmail.com>
To: Makoto Ueki <makoto.ueki@gmail.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 9:23 AM, <makoto.ueki@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
Response from the Working Group
Thank you. We will remove the text you reference in the next update to
the techniques document.

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 28 August 2009 21:22:05 UTC

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