I should point out that there are default uses for the title attribute. For instance when using the
You used an example of placing a title attribute on the
TABLEelement. In that scenario, you would use the Summary attribute and not the Title.
Now when it comes to administrative interfaces, I use them judiciously as a Tooltip feature. We have a ton of data being displayed and I cannot use full words in columns, we abbreviate. To help the admin users with a visual, we provide title attributes for all abbreviations and a visual clue that a title attribute is present. Usually a dashed underline in a contrasting color which covers all users.
There is another current topic where we are discussing the abuse of this attribute from the CMS side of things. We're talking about the bad practice of auto-inserting all anchor text into a title attribute. It's called "stuttering". Does your website stutter?