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

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Fri Aug 17 08:22:16 PDT 2007

On Fri, August 17, 2007 12:06, Martin McEvoy wrote:
> 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.

> 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 don't believe that's the case, but I have invited comments and requested

> I think this would be better

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

I don't see what that would add, or how it would be easier for publishers.
I'm not even sure that it's a valid use of DFN (but stand to be

Andy Mabbett
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