Fighting the good fight.
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 100 11:55:41 -0800
Subject: Fighting the good fight.
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http://www.jwz.org [Jamie Zawinski's page.]
<!-- Greetings, Lynx users. There is a reason this page doesn't use ALT tags
on the images. The reason is that the bozos responsible for both MSIE
and Netscape Confusicator 4.0 decided that they would display the ALT
tags of images every time you move the mouse over them -- even if the
images are loaded, and even if they are not links. The ALT attribute
to the IMG tag is supposed to be used *instead of* the image, not *in
addition to* the image.
This looks absolutely terrible, so I don't use ALT tags any more in
If they wanted to implemented tooltips, they should have used the TITLE
attribute to the A tag. That's in the HTML 1.2 spec and everything.
I had to decide between making this page look good for the vast majority
of viewers, or making it be readable by the miniscule minority of you
stuck in the 70s. Those of you in the retro contingent lost. Sorry.
[There's a solution (of sorts) in having the browsers use ALT only if
there's no TITLE attribute. It's bad enough that the Lynx users lose
out, but there are people with vision problems who use a voice synth
to "read" the page... -psl]
© 2000 Peter Langston