newline in firefox alt / title

Discussion in 'HTML' started by geradeaus, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. geradeaus

    geradeaus Guest

    Hi,

    I was wondering how I can solve the following :

    when i use line breaks in the title ort alt attribute in firefox, I'll get
    weird-signs. In internet explorer it works, only firefox let's me down:

    Sample code :

    <img src="steppenwolf.jpg" title="Nl : steppenwolf\nEn : Wolfman">

    You can view the image how it is displayed in Firefox 1.0.2 (windows xp)
    here : http://www.multimedium.be/firefoxtitle.gif

    Thanks in advance,
    Ben
    geradeaus, Apr 14, 2005
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  2. geradeaus

    Toby Inkster Guest

    geradeaus wrote:

    > when i use line breaks in the title ort alt attribute in firefox, I'll
    > get weird-signs.


    There is no way to force line-breaks in tooltips. Try using some sort of
    Javascript rollover instead.

    Here's an example, which could probably be refined by someone more
    knowledgable of Javascript than I:

    http://examples.tobyinkster.co.uk/nifty-tips

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    Toby Inkster, Apr 14, 2005
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  3. "geradeaus" <> wrote:

    > when i use line breaks in the title ort alt attribute in firefox,
    > I'll get weird-signs.


    Line breaks work unreliably inside attribute values, and the
    specifications are fuzzy on this matter. Avoid them, or at least don't
    rely on any particular rendering. Assume that a line break inside
    an attribute value should be equivalent to a space but browsers may
    get this wrong.

    > <img src="steppenwolf.jpg" title="Nl : steppenwolf\nEn : Wolfman">


    Several comments:
    1. It's invalid markup; the alt attribute is missing. (If you omit it
    for brevity, why include the src attribute?)
    2. You didn't post the URL of the page where you have the problem.
    Do you want to solve the real problem, or the technical problem
    you've created in a wrong approach?
    3. The string \n is just a string in HTML, with no specific meaning.
    You may have meant that some program has such a string in
    a print statement. But you didn't say it.
    4. The title="..." attribute is advisory only. Don't put anything
    there that _needs_ to be communicated to the user.
    5. Language changes inside attributes violate accessibility
    recommendations, since there is no way to indicate them in markup.
    6. Don't abbr more thn u need 2. Spell out language names, unless
    there's a good reason to use codes.
    7. Are you sure "steppenwolf" is "Wolfman" in English? Which English?

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    Jukka K. Korpela, Apr 15, 2005
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