Accessibility Evaluation Protocols w/ URL

Mike Elledge elledge at
Tue Nov 6 04:42:12 UTC 2007

Hi Everyone--

Just came back from a long weekend. Alt tags for images and title tags 
for links do show up in Firefox on the mac.

I think you can assume that an image will display an alt tag rather than 
a title tag, and a link vice-versa. I don't know if Firefox makes a 
distinction between the two.

I have the developer toolbox installed on my copy of Firefox on my mac 
at home so I can't check, but I'm certain that the accessibility toolbar 
allows you to see alt tags and link titles separately. For the simple 
review, however, I think finding any popup is sufficient, so long as it 
makes sense in its context.


Colin Clark wrote:
> Hi Allison,
> Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>> However, does it matter at all that you can't tell whether you are 
>> seeing title or alt text on mouseover? I suppose it's possible that 
>> you might be mousing over an image with a title tag but not an alt 
>> tag (or theoretically a link with an alt tag but not a title tag).
> I'm curious to hear Mike's thoughts on the issue, but I do think it 
> matters, for exactly the point you make.
> I can't remember off the top of my head; does the FireFox 
> accessibility toolbar make checking for Alt text easier? We may have 
> to recommend this for Mac users who can't cheat with tooltips in IE. :)
> Colin

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