[uf-discuss] Simple solution to abbr-D-P accessibility concerns: 'Title Trigger'

Martin McEvoy martin at weborganics.co.uk
Fri Aug 17 04:06:15 PDT 2007

On Fri, 2007-08-17 at 00:42 +0100, Andy Mabbett wrote:
> Here's a proposal, for a "title trigger", an alternative to the
> abbr-design pattern. Patrick Lauke did mention it originally, some time
> ago, but it seems to have been overlooked:
> Use a class name; say "ufusetitle" (for "microformat, use title") or
> something equally unlikely to otherwise occur in the wild, on any
> element, to trigger the use of the title attribute.
> e.g.
>         <span
>           class="dtstart ufusetitle"
>           title="2007-08-16"
>         >
>         16th August this year
>         </span>
> It strikes me as simple, easy to learn, easy to author and easy for
> parsers to adapt to.

This could still cause issues with screen readers and the like wouldn't
it?[1] I am no expert but I presume the title value will still be
parsed ?

I think this would be better

<span class="dtstart" title="2007-08-16">
	<dfn>16th August this year.</dfn>


         Indicates that this is the defining instance of the enclosed

[1] http://www.webstandards.org/2007/04/27/haccessibility/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#edef-DFN
[3] http://www-fs.informatik.uni-tuebingen.de/~hunszing/QuickRef.html
POSH reference



> It has the added advantages of working on *any* element; and being
> usable on CMSs (e.g. MediaWiki) which do not allow use of 'abbr'.
> There's more, at:
>         <http://microformats.org/wiki/title-trigger>

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