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H89: certainly cannot be a sufficient technique

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:56:15 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <4404.70697.qm@web111719.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
Loretta et al,
Refer to:
H89: Using the title attribute to provide context-sensitive help

There are serious deficiencies noted under user agent notes for H89 and it concludes with:
"Note: Current user agents and assistive technologies do not always provide the information contained in the title attribute to users. Avoid using this technique in isolation until the title attribute has wide-spread support."  ... under Description.

The title attribute is as old as the hills and browsers and AT are not going to change their behavior in a hurry any time soon.
Context sensitive help text cannot be given via the title attribute. (In fact I tell clients this does not work and disuade its usage). 
If it is not AT supported how is it a sufficient technique?
I suggest this technique be moved to advisory.

Sailesh Panchang

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