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Ampersand in the alt tag and tool tip

 11:33 am on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

This is a niggling little issue I've never resolved. I have a client who is very particular that their business name alwys be spelled with an ampersand, and never with the word "and" or with a "+" sign.

The issue becomes how to get this to work in the alt attribute for an image, and the resultant tool tip that Netscape and Explorer display when the cursor rests on the image. "& amp;" doesn't work, and the closest I came was coding it as "&&", which worked in Explorer but not Netscape.

Any ideas?



 3:28 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

OK tedster, hope this helps...

Like you, I also found that using <img src=benjerry.gif alt=Ben && Jerry> will NOT work in NS.

HOWEVER, inserting quotes WILL do the trick!   see below...

<img src=benjerry.gif alt="Ben && Jerry">

I generally use quotes around all my attribute values because my HTML editor (Arachnophilia) enters them automatically and uses them for its tag coloring scheme.

But there's obviously more than just aesthetics going on here.



 4:22 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)
Add a Title attribute - & a m p ; works in them. Test this with mouseover
Also - you can put a return char in a Title attribute. (can't demonstrate it here). Click on owner edit, to view source.

 5:10 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)


I'm afraid the "title" attribute isn't supported by the "img" tag in NS, at least not in NS4.08, which is what tedster needs--or did I misunderstand tedster.

(Tedster-- which tag are you inquiring about: <img> or <a> ?)

Still, I'm glad you mentioned it Brett. I wasn't familiar with the "title" attribute for <a> tags. Very nice indeed!



 5:21 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)
&& works in NN4 for me.


title - yep, you can apply a title attribute to almost all html4 tags.


 5:35 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

>&& works in NN4

Yep, I'm looking at "&" on the above logo using NN4, title tag is ignored. IE5 shows title, but no alt atributes (&& single ampersand).


 5:53 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

NN4.7 Mac shows no title tag pop-ups for either the text link or the image. IE5 Mac shows a little speech bubble pop-up for both... with ampersands.


 10:24 pm on Jul 13, 2001 (gmt 0)


Can you show the code for that?

Is it better to use a title tag than it is to use an alt tag for images? Do you use both? And if you do use bothy, which shows up? The alt tag or the title tag?


 12:52 am on Jul 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks, everyone. I never thought about using title tags to handle the tooltip for the non-NN4 browsers. That's a help.

The more I examine this little backwater of page design, the crazier it gets. More complication sets in when images are turned off and the alt text itself is displayed in the image place holder. I can't find a method that gives the right text in both the tooltip AND the image placeholder -- as well as working cross browser. Such is life.


 6:24 am on Jul 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Click on "owner edit" to view the code grnidone.

Title or Alt? Use both. Title is intended for the mouse over, while alt is intended for non-graphical agents. Alt should be an "alternative" to the graphic, while title should be "descriptive" of the graphic.

<a href="/"><img src="logo.gif" alt="link to home page" title="Ben and Jerry's ice cream addict support center"></a>

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