Web accessibility and title attribute of WordPress blog

Noted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 13:00:13. Words count: 165.
Last updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 19:02:58.

Accessibility is for everyone, even WordPress users. It is also known as semantic personal publishing platform. But, the use of title attribute is redundant.

Title attribute in a link tag should be descriptive enough to help normal and difable–differently-abled–people. The title attribute is a place to put additional information. Because it only works on mouse hover. Mouse dependant. Not fully accessible.

If we have already a descriptive enough anchor text, do we need title attribute? Then put the same information as in anchor text? Duplicated information is useless.

Too bad, WordPress by default, still have many duplicated title attribute, automatically placed. There are some solutions. Try to remove some title attributes using plugin, edit manually, put it into theme’s function, or drop-off that feature and let users choose the opt-in. :)

Excellent readings:

Dani Iswara, [myfirstnamelastname]@gmail.com.

13 comments to "Web accessibility and title attribute of WordPress blog"

  1. rismaka

    Namun jika atribut title dihilangkan, apakah tidak akan mengurangi informasi? Apakah atribut title itu relatif, harus digunakan pada saat yg tepat?

  2. dani

    rismaka,
    dari sisi aksesibilitas Web, atribut title itu hanyalah tambahan informasi. Pengguna touch screen kan tidak bisa menikmati informasinya. Pun tidak semua screen reader mengaktifkan fitur pembacaan atribut title by default. Disarankan untuk tidak menempatkan informasi penting di atribut tersebut.

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  7. aldy

    Walah edit manual ? kudu bongkar lagi templatenya bli.
    menggunakan plugins ? plugins apa bli Dani, sudah dicari-cari masih belum menemukannya juga :oops:

  8. dani

    Pak Aldy,
    sementara ya gitu itu. Kalau ada yang menemukan fungsi praktis untuk itu kayaknya enak. Tapi atribut title itu banyak terpakai di wp_list, wp_archive, dll. cmiiw

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