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ToolTips are a Technique & have no place in HTML5 [was Re: [Bug 9589]]

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:12:51 +0100
To: public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-Id: <20100426130857.M12454@hicom.net>
Steve wrote:

For any focusable elements, I would suggest that the tootlip appears on 
focus after a brief delay, windows OS does this (for example on t
the 'start' menu) 

ToolTip exposition is a technique ONLY -- title text can as easily be 
rendered in the status bar or other reviewable screen area -- @title
does NOT equal ToolTIp...  ToolTips are NOT part of -- nor should they
be -- part of a markup specification; they should be but ONE of many 
exposition strategies used to present "discoverable metadata"

this is a SERIOUS disconnect which i have attempted to challange within
the TF -- ToolTips are an implementation decision, NOT something to be
mandated by a technical recommendation, full stop.

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