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Issue 5836: Display alt/title values for img in WebView
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Reported by, Jan 5, 2010
The WebView widget renders images (IMG tags in HTML) correctly but ignores 
ALT or TITLE attributes on those images.  Some websites use TITLE and/or ALT 
for integral text, for example and (hover over 
images in chrome on a desktop, for example, to see text that makes the 
images even funnier).

It would be nice if WebView supported (either default on or off, I can see 
arguments both ways) adding alt/title text before/after the image in the 
rendered view.
Jan 7, 2010
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Labels: Component-Browser
Feb 19, 2010
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Status: Reviewed
Jul 6, 2010
This also occurs in Google Chrome desktop browser.

This is a breach of disabled-access laws.
Jul 28, 2010
A way to show ALT or TITLE attributes would be to long press on the image.

At the moment this offers a menu to view or save the image.  It could show the ALT or TITLE attribes in that menu, or have another menu option.

This would be a massive improvement for looking at on Android ;-)
Aug 20, 2010
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Oct 2, 2010
#6 james.bromwell
Many desktop browsers support an "image properties" context menu item for images, showing file type, size, direct URL, etc., as well as alt text and/or title if present.  This sort of popup wouldn't be *hard* to add, and would allow (howbeit hamfistedly) a way to see this information from the mobile browser.
May 29, 2011
#7 wigthft
I am on a friggin Honeycomb (v3.0) tablet in May 2011, and still can't view an image's ALT.  Time to get this one voted up!  Unless I missed something in the doc?
May 30, 2011
Could it be that being able to read on Android is the single main reason for this issue, not accessibility?
(btw. I solved that by installing one of the comics reading apps, just search for "xkcd" in the Market)
May 30, 2011
The browser does not support html, {normal html}, does this not phase you?
May 30, 2011
I'd say you're right with XKCD being the most important driver behind this. ;)
You can use Google Reader ("show caption"), but I'd like to see this feature in the regular browser, too.
May 30, 2011
#11 james.bromwell
Two quick things:, and also, XKCD is not the only web comic to feature a "second joke" in the tooltip.  Wondermark is another example.
Jun 24, 2011
nedroid also uses alt...
Oct 14, 2011
Allthough XKCD was the reason I first noticed this issue (I know use an app for it) it has bothered me several times since then.

I too like the idea of adding an option to view caption or title text in the long click menu. But the best would be if you somehow could sweep-click into the picture frame or a link to get the mouse over visible.
Apr 9, 2012
I also have found this a problem, and it is most definitely a breach of equal access legislation here in Australia. After a lot of effort trying to find a solution, this is a problem that will see me taking this android tablet back. I doubt I will buy one unless this is solved. Oh well... On to Apple.

Apr 9, 2012
#16 wigthft
Workaround below!  FYI: iPad safari has the same issue, so now that Jobs is gone and not pushing the small things... don't expect Apple to be in a big hurry to fix theirs either.

Do this: Install Firefox mobile on your Android, install the FireFox add-on for ALT tags.  Press and hold on XKCD images like I do every 3 days. :)
Apr 9, 2012
#17 james.bromwell
@wigthft: you know XKCD has the alt-text in plain view at, right?
Apr 9, 2012
#18 wigthft
@james.bromwell: Thanks! - Yes, I did know about m.xkcd. But that is just one site and doesn't address the larger problem (or for any other site: ie:, or *.gov). I was shooting for "works everywhere regardless", at least until Google or Apple stops making Randall code a second site "just because".
Mar 15, 2013
I used to read several comics with title jokes (like XKCD o BitF) via Reader, thanks to the 'view caption' feature... But now they are closing Reader and this wonderful feature will be lost (great move Google, closing the most used feed reader...).

Seriously, why can't we yet see image titles on the Chrome browser? It's just a long press!
Jun 19, 2013
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