[thelist] ALT pop-up

david braun david.braun at centralnet.ch
Sun Feb 18 08:54:04 CST 2001

On 17.02.2001 at 16:18 Uhr, awcole72 at hotmail.com (Aaron Cole) wrote:

> I'd like to know if anyone knows how to prevent the pop-up box from 
> appearing when a vistor mouseovers an image with an ALT tag.  I'm all for 
> accessibilty, but I've never understood the need for the pop-up box.  It's 
> obviously not for the blind.
> If preventing the pop-box is not possible, can it's appearance be altered 
> using stylesheets?
> Aaron Cole

The ALT-Tag is, afaik, not supposed to popup at all, but to showup when
the img.src isn't available, or you're in front of a text-only browser.

One should use the "title"-tag for the "click here etc"-popupmessages.
(Or to avoid the same popping-out by pure force of ignoring standards),
maybe even this could suffice?

You probably can't alter its value with a css, but javascript works (at
least with ie 5, not with ns 4.7 wich isn't an issue (?); both on a mac):

    <BODY onload="document.images[0].alt='alttext was altered'">

    <IMG src="/img/foo.gif" alt="alttext here" TITLE="This is supposed to popup...">



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