[thelist] alt tags

aardvark roselli at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 23 13:14:11 CDT 2002

> From: "Tom Dell'Aringa" <pixelmech at yahoo.com>

first off... they're *attributes*, not tags...

sorry, but i had to say that...

> 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
> 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.

in many versions of IE, alt attributes appear as tooltips (or balloon
help)...  this has widely been regarded as a bad idea...

title attributes are now what are supposed to appear in tooltips, and
alt attributes are to quietly wait until a browser with images
disabled or without image capability comes along before they can
strut their stuff...

use 'title' for now, and leave the 'alt' as it should be... a blank title
attribute will cause later versions of IE to show no tooltip, as they
now defer to the title attribute over alt (if one is provided, even if it's

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