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Re: Help with help icons


From: Carol Wheeler
Date: Feb 26, 2009 8:45AM

Jukka, thanks for the reply, I'm always learning.

Here is one of our pages with the tooltip.

Tiny URL:

So--in this case putting the additional information at the bottom of the page would be better? Not that I think the department that oversees this section would go for it...

Carol E. Wheeler
Web Department
American Institute for Cancer Research
1759 R Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Tel: 202-328-7744
Fax: 202-328-7226

-----Original Message-----

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.