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Re: title attributes on images - SC 1.1

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:43:11 -0700
Message-ID: <CAHu5OWYFSAY_W6mWm7juuDXo1CpD=CFuWt4oqLZoy4vPo-_Xgw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Glen Wallis <glen.wallis@gmail.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM, Glen Wallis <glen.wallis@gmail.com> wrote:

> I recently tested a site that contains a lot of images. None of the images
> has an alt attribute but they all have a title attribute. I tested with two
> versions of Jaws and the latest version of NVDA and the title attribute was
> read in all three cases. Does the title attribute have enough support to be
> considered a sufficient technique?
>
> Glen Wallis
>
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Response from the Working Group
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The title attribute is not considered a sufficient technique to provide an
alternative for an image.

The title attribute's purpose is to provide advisory information about the
element for which it is set. This should be used to provide additional
information that is not essential.

The title attribute is read by JAWS and NVDA because the alt-text is not
present and the tools are providing the best information available.  This
cannot be relied upon to work on all cases with all assistive technology.

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 Thursday, 27 September 2012 21:43:39 UTC

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