This page is about the title attribute, not the <title>-element.

Use title-attributes

In frames and iframes for a descriptive

Don't use title-attributes

On all other elements.

  • Title text might overlap content unwantedly
  • Title text does not resize when zoomed in
  • Title text might be read by sreenreaders or might not be read by screenreaders
  • Title text is only shown via mouseOver; users on touch devices won't see the text
  • And for SEO reasons you will better score on great link texts than on title texts
Relying on the title attribute is currently discouraged as many user agents do not expose the attribute in an accessible manner as required by this specification (e.g., requiring a pointing device such as a mouse to cause a tooltip to appear, which excludes keyboard-only users and touch-only users, such as anyone with a modern phone or tablet).