[whatwg] Question: rel="help"

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jan 26 15:03:49 PST 2012

On Thu, 29 Sep 2011, Schalk Neethling wrote:
> Question, would an element with rel="help" and a title="Help text" make 
> sense and be valid as a JavaScript hook for tooltips?
> Does not match the usage as described by the WHAT-WG 
> (http://developers.whatwg.org/links.html#link-type-help) exactly, but 
> close enough?

On Thu, 29 Sep 2011, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> If there is no actual hyperlink, using a link relation does not make 
> sense.


On Thu, 29 Sep 2011, Schalk Neethling wrote:
> I heard some mention of using the data-* attributes so, something like: 
> <a href="" data-tooltip="Some help text"></a>
> or
> <input type="text" data-tooltip="Some help text" />
> Would you agree that this is the better option?

If what you want is a tooltip, then the title="" attribute is probably 
your best bet. No need for any scripting.

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