Discuss how to use and promote Web standards with the Mozilla Gecko engine.
I am not getting the ALT text when I place the cursor over a picture. It works with MS explorer.
It is a known bug, but the developers refuse to fix it because they have their own (mis-) interpretation of the standards.
Sad to see a open source project go down the drain because of attitudes like that.
definition of the 'alt' attribute
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/ ... tml#h-13.8
The alt attribute specifies alternate text that is rendered when the image cannot be displayed (see below for information on how to specify alternate text ). User agents must render alternate text when they cannot support images, they cannot support a certain image type or when they are configured not to display images.
definition of the 'title' attribute
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/ ... ml#h-7.4.3
so, it's not a bug. we can only say that FF apply the W3C's standards too strict, not as user friendly as IE...
Yeah, who'd have thought that the developers might stick to their project goals by not allowing direct misuse of something written into the standards. The shame.
Firefox does not display the ALT attribute in a tooltip because the ALT attribute is defined as being the text displayed in place of the image if the images does not/can not load, and the TITLE attribute is defined as being displayed in a tooltip over the image.
Part of Firefox's mandate was to stick to the standards. Therefore, Firefox will never be shipped with the ability to display the ALT attribute in a tooltip - unless the standards change.
If you really want ALT attributes to show up in tooltips, get the Popup ALT Attribures extension: http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?showtopic=242
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What everyone else said. Properly-written ALT text, designed to substitute for the image in text-based browsing, would seldom make sense to display as a tooltip. Properly-written tooltip text, designed to supplement what can be seen in an image, would seldom make sense to substitute for the image in text-based browsing. Hence the separate attributes, the W3C standards suggesting their purpose, and the Mozilla and Firefox implementation in accordance with these standards.
To make your images display right in both firefox and IE, always set both an alt attribute and a title attribute. IE will display the title in prefernce to the alt, just like firefox.
IE started the hover alt images in the early days. It made more sence back then. Now, the web is different, and we have the title tag. It doesn't make sense anymore.
I just love these fools!
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Mine has wandered off and I'm out looking for it.
From the number of posts I see throughout this forum saying:
and the inability of these same people to believe that adhering to W3C standards IS the standard, I have come to the conclusion that all such responses are from people paid by Bill Gates/Microsoft to "flame" Firefox. They should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
If you install the Popup ALT Attribute extension or the Tooltip Enhancer extension you will be able to see even the ALT text as a tooltip.
Thanks all!! I particularly like the suggestion of using both ALT and TITLE. Unfortunately as with all "standards" it is normally in the eye of the beholder when there is no recognized "standard bearers". When a giant like MS misuses a standard then it becomes the "standard" and only purists adhere to the gospel as it was written as opposed to how it is implemented.
i guess that's one of the reason we use firefox
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