- Author: Andy Mabbett
- Original idea: Patrick Lauke
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 that element's
title attribute. e.g.
<span class="dtstart ufusetitle" title="2007-08-16" > 16th August this year </span>
All existing and new microformats should use this pattern; abbr-design-pattern should be deprecated, but parsers should still be required to recognise it on legacy pages (perhaps for a period of, say, three years)
Other potential class names include:
- Works on any element
- Usable on CMSs (e.g. MediaWiki) which do not allow use of
- Easy to learn
- Ease of authoring
- Easy for parsers to adapt
HTML is a markup language: its elements and attributes are intended to be descriptive. They are descriptors rather than commands. The proposed usage of the
class attribute would be an instruction rather than a description (somewhat like the
target attribute, now deprecated). This would be an abuse of the semantics of the
Existing microformats parsers (such as the Operator extension to Firefox) would need to be updated to handle this proposed alternative to the abbr design pattern. However, this is true of any proposed alternatives.
No known or perceived issues.
The proposed solution assumes that screen readers don't treat
title as a special case on elements other than
acronym (or perhaps
img, which may need to be excluded from the solution) even so, the use of the special class name would be optional in such cases; and suitable guidance should be given to editors.
Is this actually the case? Please create a page for assistive technology title trigger results and add the results of testing there.
Usage in the wild
This design pattern is built on the assumption that the eventually- chosen is not widely used, where it used. Please document examples and references here: