Tip for anyone working with images and html code. Microsoft seem to insist on making Internet Explorer show the alt text as a tool-tip, despite the fact that that’s not what it’s for. It’s supposed to be for those using page-readers, such as the visually impaired. The reader reads the alt-description so that the user can know what the picture is and why it’s there. Viewers using graphics-based browsers don’t need that – they can see the damn thing, and they probably don’t want a quite possibly bloomin’ obvious-looking explanation flashing up just because their cursor happens to be over the image. Plus the fact that if they see what looks like a title or a tool-tip they’ll likely read it thinking you meant them to, thus breaking the flow of what you meant them to read.
The way to get round that is to include an empty title tag. Like this:
<img title="" src="../common/pics/inf.png" alt="Small drawing of a double-bass player" />
The result is:
If you’re using IE, you’ll be able to check by hovering over that. Nifty, eh?