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Firefox: Alt Text

Posted on 2008-10-19
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I love Firefox, a much better browser than anything else. However, I have one niggling problem (actually two, but I'll post another question for the other). Why does the Alt Text for images in web pages not show when I hover over images? I have to manually right-click on the image and go to 'Properties' in order to see the Alt Text, rather than see a Tooltip with the Alt Text.

Can I change this behaviour?
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by:trickyidiot
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That's largely because 'Alt' (or 'Alternative') text is there for people with disabilities.

If you want a tooltip to show, you should either use a hover div or use the 'title element in the tag along with the 'alt' element.
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by:lherrou
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tigermatt,

As trickyidiot has said, if you add title="some text" to your IMG tags, you'll get the same effect when you hover over the image as you do from ALT taxt in Internet Explorer.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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tigermatt, sounds like the above two have answered your questions which lead me to look at htis which you might be interested in.
http://www.mozilla.org/access/

Although, if you are not the website author, I don't know of a way to force something that isn't there.  Is the Alt text always there when you access the Page Properties?  You may have a software that is blocking, such as No-script or Ad-Block or firewall (suite) accidentally blocking ads (but not really ads).

Can you give us a page to look at for an example?
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The problem is these are sites I did not develop. Its almost every site on the Internet. When you view the Properties on the Image, the 'Alternate Text' section is filled in, and thus the ALT="" tag must have been set.

However in the mean time, I have stumbled across http://gadgetopia.com/post/3206. This pretty much confirms why I don't see this behaviour in Firefox - the ALT tag was NEVER supposed to produce a tooltip on hover, but IE not being standards-compliant decided that it would do so. Thus I will have to accept this is not possible, and move on...

Matt
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From a moral perspective, a question was asked, we offered a solution on the development side, and because this is an issue with Internet Explorer having a bug, the user doesn't want to offer up the points assigned to the question.

If the moderators feel no points should be assigned, I will comply, but I would at least like a moderator to look at this question thread.
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I am offering up the points. I'm offering all 500 of them.

Notice: tigermatt has requested that this question be closed by accepting tigermatt's comment #22753683 (0 points) as the solution and trickyidiot's comment #22753269 (250 points), lherrou's comment #22753357 (125 points) and mtz1of4's comment #22753643 (125 points) as the assisted solutions for the following reason:
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Thanks Matt,  sorry we couldn't have been more positive help.

Marc
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Don't worry about it... if ever in doubt it can usually be put down to a 'standards compliance' issue!
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