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Re: [whatwg] alt and title attribute exception

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:56:23 +0300
Message-ID: <CAJQvAufAJp=PN=gAKD3oUCL4suwwWdMg6=cfbqewrvgipvSWyg@mail.gmail.com>
To: whatwg <whatwg@whatwg.org>
On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Philip J├Ągenstedt <philipj@opera.com> wrote:
> When this was last discussed in the HTML WG (January 2012) I opened a bug
> (MOBILE-275) for Opera Mobile to expose the title attribute in our
> long-click menu, arguing that one could not enjoy XKCD without it. I meant
> to report back to the HTML WG but forgot, so here it is. Unfortunately, the
> bug was rejected... quoting the project management:
>
> "Sure it is nice to have, but noone else has it so we will not put our
> effort into this"

Firefox for Android (at least on the Nightly channel) displays the
content of the title attribute on XKCD comics (up to a length limit
which can often be too limiting) upon tap and hold:
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/screen/xkcd-firefox-for-android.png

Not to suggest that XKCD's title usage is OK but just to correct the
"noone else" bit.

> it seems unwise to recommend using the title attribute to convey important information.

Indeed. In addition to image considerations, I think
http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#footnotes is bad
advice.

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
Received on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 12:56:52 UTC

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