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Re: Truncated links and titles


From: Jared Smith
Date: Jun 25, 2015 10:01AM

This is what we always tell people regarding the title attribute text...

If you want it to be read, expect that it won't be. If you don't want
it to be read, expect that it will be.

Beyond the inconsistent support among screen readers, it's also
entirely inaccessible to all keyboard-only users and touch
screen/mobile users. As such, it should be used with great care to
convey advisory information that you understand will not likely be
presented to the user.

In this particular case, if you presume that the visual link text is
sufficient for sighted users, why would it not be sufficient for
screen reader users? In other words, why (potentially) give screen
reader users extra information that isn't necessary or even available
for everyone else?