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[Bug 7800] New: title attribute: add new attr for machine-readable strings

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Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:22:13 +0000
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           Summary: title attribute: add new attr for machine-readable
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec proposals
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Microformats rely often on the title attribute to provide machine-readable
strings. This conflicts with tooltips, when they're not meant to be humanly
readable. Unhelpful and uninteresting tooltips popping up interfere with user

Uses of title for machine-parseable strings may be found at

A new attribute should be added.

I propose machine as the new attribute.

Using title for machine-readable non-tooltip strings should be deprecated.

While presently-stable microformats will likely retain title, this should
encourage developers to be more semantic. And where the same string can be both
a tooltip and machine-usable, using both attributes is preferred over title

Thank you.


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