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Re: Alternative to the Title attribute in Links


From: JP Jamous
Date: Aug 26, 2017 3:08PM


Why not just make the link label what you want it to announce? I am unsure why you wish to complicate your design.

class="active">Data Holding">
sort by Data Holding
1. If you are adding a background image to your link through CSS, I would fail that because you will be asking for lots of problems.
Title attribute only works with IE and not always guaranteed to work.
Tooltips are difficult for low vision users to see.

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Sarah Jevnikar
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2017 2:54 PM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Alternative to the Title attribute in Links

Hi again,
I've come across the use of the Title attribute to provide extra information for links, but have read in several places that this is a bad idea. I can't seem to find any alternatives though (on Google, anyway). What else would achieve the same goal? would it be a matter of just changing the link text? Is Aria label a better way to go? Would that work for non-SR users as well? I'm conscious of the fact that most are not.

The code I'm looking at is thus:

<a href="/en/home?order=field_data_holding&amp;sort=asc" title="sort by Data Holding" class="active">Data Holding</a> </th>

Except with NVDA and IE 11 (I'm testing with JFW, Chrome, IE, Firefox and iOS), I'm hearing "Data Holding; sort by data holding", which is what I'd hope to hear.

Thanks again,
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