How can I see the title alt text for website images on an HTC Desire?

I'm currently using the Dolphin HD browser but I can't see a way of getting the alt text.

  • It's unlikely that there's a way to view alt-text without disabling images. From a technical standpoint, ALT is not a tooltip. (456bereastreet.com/archive/200604/…) However, in the real world, many sites (like XKCD) use it for added effect. Since touchscreens have no concept of "mouse over", it's unlikely you will ever see a browser with a simple technique to view ALTs. Your best bet is to go in Dolphin's options/preferences and see if there is a way to disable Images.
    – Farray
    Oct 9, 2010 at 14:40
  • From a technical standpoint, the OP is talking about TITLE, not ALT.
    – ischeriad
    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:51
  • Do you mean the title text? In case of xkcd, alt contains the name of the comic again, title="" contains the descriptive text.
    – ischeriad
    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:53
  • @ischeriad good point, I've updated the question Apr 17, 2011 at 10:58
  • @ischeriad Well, I see they edited the first mention of ALT and replaced it with TITLE, but they still reference ALT in their second sentence. Technically speaking, of course. ;)
    – Farray
    Apr 18, 2011 at 15:42

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Good question. I don't see an obvious way to do that to solve your problem on all websites. However, there just so happens to be a few xkcd viewer apps. I use this one which has a menu > hover text option.

EDIT: This seems like a reasonable thing to try for link hover text, but it does not work for me on the default HTC Incredible browser:

  1. Tap any white empty space near to the link you want to hover over.
  2. Now move your trackball up/down until it selects the link. Don’t click it.
  3. There! The tooltip now appears. Simple solution. :)

I saw this suggested here.

  • Cheers, that's helpful but unfortunately the hover suggestion doesn't work in the case of xkcd.com - maybe because the images aren't links? The app is a reasonable workaround for now though. Oct 8, 2010 at 11:26
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    Not every Android phone has a trackball, either.
    – ale
    Oct 8, 2010 at 16:04

The right answer is to just go to http://m.xkcd.com. There is a link on there to show or hide the alt text.

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    Works perfectly for xkcd, but not for other sites/situations.
    – ale
    Apr 17, 2011 at 16:48

Be an activist and upvote the defect here! Though that's a longer term answer. :)

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    Definitely, this is the correct approach! Jan 22, 2011 at 10:52

I created a bookmarklet for this:

javascript:(function(){var D=document,i,f,j,e;for(i=0;f=D.images[i];++i)if(f.title!=""){var x=D.createElement("div"),s=x.style;s.color="Black ";s.background="yellow ";x.innerHTML=f.title;f.parentNode.insertBefore(x,f.nextSibling);}})();

This displays any TITLE texts as text with yellow background.


Download XKCD viewer app in the android market. You can then tap on the comic to bring up the hover text.

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