Could a tooltip with the image description

![enter image description here][1]

be displayed when hovering over an image? This would make additional use, next to the one for visually impaired...

  • $\begingroup$ ... and don't forget xkcd... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Aug 21, 2013 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ Does this mean I need to go back and fill in all the image descriptions that I've neglected in the past? Ouch! $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Aug 21, 2013 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn let's have it optional. $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Aug 21, 2013 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps we should display it if the description is anything but blanks (standard) or "enter image description here" (for slackers like me). $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Aug 21, 2013 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn sounds great... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Aug 21, 2013 at 20:53

1 Answer 1


Just add hover text in parentheses:

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/..... (hover text)

or in quotation marks:

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/..... "hover text"

Like this:

Display image description as tooltip

Works for links, too.

There's a good reason to have alt-text and hover-text as separate attributes: one is intended for users who don't see the image, the other for those who do.

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    $\begingroup$ thank you so much... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Aug 22, 2013 at 7:53
  • $\begingroup$ Can it be made to work for segments of text? Like, if "ZFC" is typed in an answer and you want a tooltip that reads "Zermelo-Frankel with axiom of choice"? Failing that, can you have a link that goes nowhere? $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2018 at 20:20

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