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Re: Usage of title attribute or hidden label


From: Léonie Watson
Date: Nov 6, 2013 1:53PM

Paul J Adam wrote:
"I’m just trying to point out that all Accessibility experts, even those in
the same company have differing opinions/evidence for why to use or not use
the title attribute."

That's often the case, but unless I'm missing something (quite possible) the
advice in both these articles seems fairly consistent with regard to the
title attribute on form controls.

In providing an alternative to a hidden label (because of a Firefox CSS
bug), Gez's article says:

"We generally recommend the title attribute or the aria-label attribute if
there is no visible label at all (such as checkboxes arranged in grids that
make sense visually)."

In a list of exceptions where the title attribute is helpful, Steve's
article includes:

"Providing a programmatically associated label for a control in situations
where a visible text label would be redundant."