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Netscape 7.0 Final News and Reviews

Saturday August 31st, 2002

Though Netscape releases no longer get the coverage that they used to, the launch of Netscape 7.0 was reported in several places on the Web. Articles can be found at AOL Time Warner, BBC News, CNET News.com, Geek.com, HindustanTimes.com, Internet Magazine, internetnews.com, Internet Week, MacCentral, MacSlash, NewsFactor, PCWorld.com, Reuters, Slashdot, The Register, Yahoo! Finance and ZDNet News.

Both CNET and eWEEK have reviews of Netscape 7.0 while TechTV features an editorial. If you're after user opinions, Download.com has a wide selection.

UPDATE! PC Magazine gave Netscape 7.0 four out of five, calling it "a sleek, fast, friendly browser that may make you consider switching from Microsoft Internet Explorer as your default browsing tool."

Finally, here's the solution to the biggest complaint about Netscape 7.0.


#42 Re: alt text is NOT for Tooltips

by SubtleRebel <mark@ky.net>

Tuesday September 3rd, 2002 10:38 AM

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> the text shows a tooltipp on MSIE, which is an enhanced functionality

No it is NOT enhanced functionality. It is an extremely annoying bug in IE and older versions of Netscape.

I want to make web pages that are easily accessible to the blind using alt, but when I do so, the websites are littered with excessive tooltips in IE. Every signifigant image on a web page should have alt text, but not every image should have a tool tip. Also, the appropriate alt text and the appropriate tooltip text are often different.

The issue of alt text unwantingly popping up as a tooltip also comes into play when you have a website where you want to use fancier CSS/Javascript generated tooltips. On IE, the desired CSS/Javascript tooltip appears along with an unwanted tooltip based on the alt text. Sure I can remove the alt attribute so that IE does not screw things up, but then I am denying usable access to the blind and to people using text browsers. I should not have to exclude users from accessing my websites just so that IE can continue to violate the standards; that is not an enhancement.