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Firefox 1.0 and Alt tags

 5:27 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Silly question that I cannot seem to find an answer for:

Does Firefox display or have a setting for displaying Alt text? Can't find anything on it in the help files...




 5:34 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you mean as a tooltip-style popup like Internet Explorer, then no. This is just the way Microsoft chose to handle alt text, and it's not part of any spec.

If you're looking for cross-browser behaviour when you're developing sites, use the title attribute instead of, or in addition to the alt attribute.


 5:45 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

That issue has annoyed me as well, but there's a solution. There's an extension that makes FF display alt tags just like IE does, here's the extensionroom url:


Added: In terms of W3C standards, Jetboy is right. The alt-tag is only supposed to be seen when the image is not seen. Title would be the proper thing to use as a web developer.


 11:23 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

The built in way to display alt text is to right-click on the image and select properties.


 12:44 am on Nov 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can install the Web Developer extension and choose "Replace images with alt attributes" -- or "Outline images without alt attributes" or "Outline images with empty alt attributes." All of these are helpful to the Web developer.


 12:51 am on Nov 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you to everyone who replied. You have all been extremely helpful.

Warm Regards!

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