use of title attributes in HTML5 spec.

Hi all ,

while reviewing parts of the HTML5 spec, I have noticed that the title
attribute is used many times on various elements , but the title
attribute values are not phrases or sentences, usually they are a
combination dash seperated abbreviations and words. Also quite often
when used on a link they are a copy of the link text. This use does
not seem to be conforming and while it dsoesn't bother me it may well
cause undue cognitive noise for users who  are exposed to the title
attribute content.

some examples form the hundred + uses on

navigates  Title: navigate
XML document  Title: XML documents
fragment identifier  Title: navigate-fragid  Title: dom-document-open
fetching  Title: fetch
document . defaultCharset  Title: dom-document-defaultCharset

Is this an issue that needs to be addressed?

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium |
Web Accessibility Toolbar -

Received on Tuesday, 2 March 2010 11:19:07 UTC