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Re: Help with help icons
From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Feb 26, 2009 8:35AM
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Carol Wheeler wrote:
> What is a tooltip? <a class=info href="#">This is a tooltip <span>an
> aiding text that appears just when you roll on with the
> mouse</span></a>. The basic idea comes from Eric Meyer's <a class=info
> css popups</b><span>a very clever way to get dynamic effects on an
The approach more or less fails the specific accessibility criterion that a
page be usable without style sheets. Just think or look what the page
_content_ is, when CSS is ignored. It's sufficiently close to working to
confuse the user in a refined way!
To make it non-confusing, you would have to add punctuation and spaces so
that sentences are understandable and words don't run together (e.g.,
"popups</b><span>a" means that the textual content is "popupsa"). This
sounds simple, but I'm afraid it mostly makes the idea non-working.
Moreover, if you really meant using href="#" (to make the technique work on
older browsers, I presume), then that would create a link to the start of
the page, with a fairly long link text - bad usability, bad accessibility.