Recently I’ve been around a conversation between a non-so-technical F-level manager and a bunch of nice, smart programmers/developers.
The non-so-technical F-level manager required, invoking weak subjective reasons, the removal of title attribute in link element from a WYSIWYG editor, worst case scenario having it replaced ONLY with the URL of the link.
The title HTML attribute
Definition and Usage
The title attribute specifies extra information about an element.
The information is most often shown as a tooltip text when the mouse moves over the element.
The title attribute is supported in all major browsers.
HTML Email for the Visually Impaired
This is a very nice article wrote some years ago (8, in fact) by Ben Chestnut, the CEO and founder of Mailchimp. A lot of things changed in the meantime, but the need or use of “title” attribute doesn’t.
What makes this story even worst, the discussion was related with… a news-lettering web application
So, what says this article?
Bottom line? Put ALT text on all your images to describe what they are. Optionally, put TITLES on all your images, to give more detailed descriptions. Put TITLES on all your hyperlinks
Source: Mailchimp.com blog
To sum up
The programmers lost the battle despite explaining what the “title” is and what’s for. part because they lost the will to fight weak reasons, part because just don’t feel like arguing at all.
I might destroy the web in many ways, too. But only by lack of knowledge. Or mistake.
But I can always take a good reason for a walk