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

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Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:29:19 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #9 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-09-20 11:29:19 ---
I agree that today people shouldn't do this, because today most browsers have
an accessibility bug in that they don't expose title="" attributes to users who
do not have pointing devices.

However, HTML5 requires that the title="" attribute be exposed just like it
requires everything else to be exposed, and it makes sense, therefore, to rely
on the title="" attribute for giving the title of the image.

Removing the recommendation that the title="" attribute be used in this way
would make as much sense as removing _any_ new features in the spec on the
grounds that they're not implemented yet. Obviously these features don't work
yet, they're new. The spec is not even in "last call" yet. We can't base
authoring advice on legacy browsers when writing a spec for future browsers, we
have to write the advice based on what we intend the future browsers to be.

I've added a paragraph to the title="" attribute subsection in the rendering
section encouraging UAs to provide keyboard access for tooltips.

See also UAAG Guideline 4.1.

If you disagree with this resolution, please escalate this issue to the chairs.

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