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    link text same as title text ?

    hi

    let's say I have an <A> tag:
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    <a href="mysite.com/blue-pens.html title="blue pens">Blue Pens</a>
    is it ok that the "blue pens" text of link (not inside the <A> tag) is the same as the "title" property of the <A> tag ?
    is that what I'm suppose to use the "title" property or is there a better use for it ?

    thanks

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    You don't need a title there at all. The text explains what the link is for, so the title text is nothing more than an annoyance.

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    In post #1 that is an example of duplicated text content (not wise) and thus using the 'title' attribute is redundant and counter-productive in this case having: 'blue pens, blue pens' makes no sense; the link already says "blue pens" . The 'title' attribute can be used to briefly describe the contents of the link much like an annotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xhtmlcoder View Post
    ... The 'title' attribute can be used to briefly describe the contents of the link much like an annotation.
    can you please give an example of a text that will make good use of the "title" in this case ?

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    You'd most likely see title attributes applied to abbreviations, if they weren't written out in full, i.e. WWW: <abbr title="World Wide Web">WWW</abbr> regarding links usually they shouldn't be needed as the link usually should be self-explanatory.

    Though sometimes where space is limited in a navigation bar; <a href="mailto:example@example.com" title="Contact the XYZZY Manager via E-mail">Contact</a> might be easier to understand than just the link that may trigger an email client, etc. That wasn't a good example though should give an idea. Recently we had a thread with how some AT devices handle the attribute: Too Much Accessibility: titles titles titles everywhere.


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