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[Bug 7362] New: inclusion of the title as a case where the alt may be omitted is problematic

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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:20:36 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-7362-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=7362

           Summary: inclusion of the title as a case where the alt may be
                    omitted is problematic
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org


Inclusion of the title as a case where the alt may be omitted is problematic
why?

1. no user agents that i know of display  title attribute text in a device
independent way, regardless of whether images are enabled or disabled or not
supported. So the title attribute text is only available to users when they
mouse over the image place holder (if a placeholder is displayed by the
browser)
non mouse users do not have a way of viewing the title attribute content.


2. currently the spec specifically disallows the rendering of the title
content in the same way as alt content or visa versa, so in the case of images
beingdisabled it could not be rendered as text content as  the alt is.
"User agents must not present the contents of the alt attribute
in the same way as content of the title  attribute"


therefore recommend removing this
"•The title attribute is present and has a non-empty value." from
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/embedded-content-0.html


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