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Re: H89: certainly cannot be a sufficient technique

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:34:46 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=YUoGCfjOGp+T7LXPYVR9qzJNX4WkA=m4C+oM7@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Cc: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Sailesh Panchang
> www.deque.com
> ================================
Response from the Working Group
H89 is only listed as an advisory technique for SC 3.3.5. Did we miss
someplace where it is erroneously listed as a sufficient technique?

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 Wednesday, 23 March 2011 23:35:16 UTC

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