[thelist] alt tags

James Aylard evolt at pixelwright.com
Tue Jul 23 12:41:01 CDT 2002


> In IE the alt tag shows up as a title. Is this standard across
> browsers? I want to say somebody said something about the right

    No, it's not standard, but it's not uncommon, either. Mozilla/Netscape
6/7 do not do this, while Netscape 4.x does, for instance.

> click. What if you would need to use like 30-40 characters in your
> alt text - but the title box that pops up obscures something else?
> For non-impaired users, that is quite annoying.

    Use alt text where it is appropriate. Use an empty alt attribute (e.g.,
alt="") where no alt text is needed. And in IE, you can use the title
attribute to "override" the pop-up effect of alt text, e.g.:

   alt="Some worthwhile description"

James Aylard

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