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-> ''"The task of producing a cpr-themed cover version is left up to you, gentle readers, talented readers, readers who have discovered that if you hover your mouse over comics on the internet, sometimes they tell you to do stuff."''
--> -- Webcomic/DinosaurComics [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1426 March 11th, 2009]] AltText

Text that shows up as a tooltip when you hover the mouse cursor over an image -- or other elements on a page, even text -- also known (more accurately) as "title text". AltText has many uses; some {{Webcomics}} use it to display comments, credits, or [[OneTwoPunchline additional punchlines]]. Wiki/TVTropes does have [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Alt Text]] capabilities, in the form of the PotHole.

Finishing a lengthy ArchiveBinge, only to find out you missed all the funny AltText, is something that hopefully will never happen to you.

Alt text is inserted by defining the "title=" attribute of the image in the webpage's html or xhtml document. The ''actual'' "alt=" attribute [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt_attribute has other purposes]], though older versions of Internet Explorer would still display it as a tooltip, leading many authors to create AltText only functional in it.

Firefox 2 tended to truncate the displayed alt text, although [[http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_popupalt.html.en there's a plugin for that.]] This was fixed in Firefox 3.6.

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!!Examples:
* ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'' starts using alt text at some point, but it's usually not really funny or interesting.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' has an additional punchline in the AltText, as with the comic's archive name and email subject.
* ''Webcomic/ImprintChronicles'' has AltText which is often the 'biggest' sound effect on the page, or a very short comment on a character or panel.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' alt text is perhaps the most famous of the "extra punchline" genre; read the comments on the above fix for Firefox 2, and you'll find xkcd readers seem to be its primary market.
** The ''Blog/WhatIf'' spin-off blog initially didn't have any, although this changed soon after. Initially all the tooltips were simple descriptions of the images, but somewhere between [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/19/ "Tie Vote"]] and [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/28/ "Steak Drop"]], they, too, became extra punchlines.
%%* [[http://xawu.thecomicseries.com/ Xawu]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has done this since the beginning, mostly for another joke or some commentary on the strip.
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}''
%%** "Tomorrow's recipe: chicken!"
%%* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''
%%* ''Webcomic/GoodbyeChains''
%%* ''Webcomic/ThinkinLincoln''
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'':
** author David Morgan-Mar argues against them in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1640.html this strip]], a parody of xkcd.
** And uses it anyway, because he's parodying xkcd, and wants to get it right.
** His [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1458.html previous xkcd parody]] featured a TakeThat against AltText ''[[HypocriticalHumor in the]] AltText'', which read "Some text that's too long to display when you mouseover it in Firefox, thus forcing you to check the source code to see it". Which, of course, shows up as "Some text that's too long to display when you mouseover it in Firefox, thus forcing you to..."
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' initially didn't utilize alt text as bonus info, but progressed to use alt text and later on to simultaneously using different ALT and TITLE text, making some people having to not only hover their mouse over the image but also look up the alt text in the source of the page.
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Overcompensating}}''
* ''Webcomic/WooHoo!'' has additional punchline alt-text on every page.
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', a last thought is always given in the hover-text.
* ''[[http://www.oafe.net OAFEnet]]'' reviews begin with straightforward AltText naming the subject of the review, then quickly degenerate into name-calling, in-jokes and even running gags. Yes, AltText-only running gags.
* While it is, perhaps, not exactly this trope, ''{{Narbonic}}'' features hidden text in the file name of each strip: a word or words that, when placed in order by date, form a side story.
* ''Webcomic/{{HERO}}'', ''all'' the text (except one chapter, for stylistic reasons) is in Alt Text. Dialogue, narration, everything.
%%* ''Webcomic/ASofterWorld''
* ''[[http://threesummersstrong.thecomicseries.com/ Three Summers Strong]]'' warns the user that there are Alt Texts in its slogan, so that the reader knows they are part of the joke.
* ''Webcomic/MoltenBlade'' makes frequent use of title tags to include [[ShoutOut references]] and comments in strips that are otherwise intended to be serious.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' does not have alt text but instead has functionally similar votey comic, where mousing over the red button gives an extra picture with an extra punchline. It's like alt text for people too lazy to read.
** But you still have to visit the website and thus give him ad hits. Clever.
%%* ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren''
%%* ''DaisyOwl''
* Thinkgeek, being a geeky store, hides little jokes in the thumbnails on the gallery pages. [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/bags/ Like this one.]]
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''
* Webcomic/{{Suppression}} has some truly great Alt Text, such as [[http://suppressioncomic.com/?p=133 here]] and [[http://suppressioncomic.com/?p=162 here]].
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has little comments similar to AltText printed in plain sight at the bottom of the comics.
** As does ''MultiPlex''
** So does [[http://imprintchronicles.com ImprintChronicles]], with snarky comments left by the creator.
%%* ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia''
* ''Webcomic/KnightsErrant'' frequently has amusing comments hidden in the AltText.
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' often uses the alt text as a secondary punchline for the strip.
* ''AmazingSuperpowers''. From comments:
-->- alt text=win\\
- How do you see an alt text?\\
- The only appear to those who truly believe.\\
- Those that believe in MOUSE HOVERING.
%%* [[TrueMagic True]] [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=1 Magic]]
* ''FlakyPastry''
** The [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=300 300th strip]] has a ''215-word'' alt text.
* ''{{Wondermark}}'' uses its alt text as a secondary punchline, which is sometimes funnier than the first one.
* [[{{Pothole}} TV Tropes]], as mentioned earlier. %%Like many other examples, there are multiple layers.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' once featured a hidden line in the image name between 2006-02-22 to 2008-02-22. They have been lost since the comic moved into a new php-framework but can still be read ''[[http://www.ookii.org/egs/statistics/comiclist.aspx here]]''
%%* ''[[http://www.fantasycomic.com/ Chasing the Sunset]]''
%%* ''TrueMagic''
* ''TheWordWeary'' has alt text in every comic. Whether or not it's actually funny.
* ''[[http://cowbirdsinlove.com/ Cowbirds in Love]]'', lampshaded in [[http://cowbirdsinlove.com/11 #11]]
%%* ''[[http://erikahammerschmidt.com/an/ Abby and Norma]]''
%%* ''JohnnyWander''
* Ever since ''[[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/356 this]]'' strip, ''OutAtHome''.
%%* Chris Sims' [[http://the-isb.com Invincible Super-Blog]]
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' does this starting with comic #167. Later {{Lampshaded}}:
--> - "Hey! Stop reading the mouseover text and look at the comic!"
%%* ''[[http://community.livejournal.com/dante_res_comic Dante Residential]]''
%%* ''FurthiaHigh''
%%* ''{{Concession}}''
%%* ''{{Nedroid}}''
* Non-webcomic example: the [[CosmeticAward awards]] in ''[[VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena Quake Live]]''.
* ''Encyclopedia Dramatica'' uses potholes much the same way.
%%* ''[[http://cuteoverload.com/ Cute Overload]]''.
* The [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?page_id=2 cast pages]] in ''HannaIsNotABoysName''
* ''TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' not only has title= text, but has a character to ''read'' the title= text. The first presenter was [[ThemeNaming Titular]], replaced later on by [[PunnyName Ebony Nauss]].
* SkinDeep as of the current storyline (Exchanges: Heartaches).
%%* ''[[http://guildedage.net/ Guilded Age]]''
%%* ''[[Webcomic/TwentyFirstCenturyFox 21st Century Fox]]''
%%* ''WorstOfTheTimeLords''
* ''TheDawnChapel'' often uses hovertext for both the comic itself and the accompanying 'stinger' process sketch.
%%* ''EverydayHeroes''
* ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'' used mouseover text on the ''cast page'', featuring quotes from the characters.
%%* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}''
%%* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo.''
* ''AbstruseGoose'' has mouseover Alt Text and an alternate title hidden in full text of the image location (found by viewing the image info).
* On the news site ''[[http://japanator.com/ Japanator]]'', Ben Huber's [[YotsubaTo Yotsuba comics]] have alt text.
%%* ''{{monospace}}''
* ''Webcomic/FiveColorControl''. The first comic {{Lampshaded}} it, with AltText reading, "[[HypocriticalHumor Sorry, we're not cool enough to do rollover jokes.]]"
* ''{{Selkie}}'' sometimes does this, calling it "Secret Director Commentary".
%%* ''LnM''
* ''FarOutThere'' has been featuring Alt Text since [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1092837/page-315-good-company-is-so-hard-to-find/ page 315]] (on the SmackJeeves pages, at least)
* Michael Poe's DoesNotPlayWellWithOthers, as well as the newer strips in his ErrantStory.
* ''DownTheStairs'' features Alt Text in all comics.
* ''MiscellaneousError'' uses Alt Text for additional punchlines.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' strips usually have Alt Text, though it's absent from some of the earlier pages.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' doesn't ordinarily contain Alt Text (it would be highly impractical for its format), but a few updates [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005956 starting here]] incorporate Alt Text in the banners. The Alt Text serves as the AuthorAvatar's voice [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he parades through the banner in a quest to find the guy currently narrating the story and wrestle the narrative back from him]]. [[spoiler:And then, starting [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005976 here,]] we get to hear [[BigBad another character]]'s voice for the first time. This is completely terrifying.]]
%%* ''ExtraOrdinary''
* ''TwoPStart'', although the alt-text only begins mid-way through.
* ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'' has Alt Text on every page, usually a commentary on the page or characters, occasionally additional dialogue.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' doesn't have actual Alt Text, but the comic titles often serve the function of the additional punchline, only making sense to the reader after the page in question has been read. The archive binger may be somewhat confounded, however, by the fact that the comic title doesn't display from the comic page itself, though the newest page title is always visible on the sidebar.
** Comic titles are visible in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html this archive.]]
* ''{{Chainsawsuit}}'' is another unusual case. A secondary punchline or remark can often by found by checking the list of search tags under Kris's rants. To name a few:
-->thems ain't worth a trip downtown
-->she's acting all mad but she probably likes him i bet
-->the letter y is different in english
-->ho boy wot guacs
-->this is the only comic with the tag samsung galaxy tab
* ''Webcomic/EdmundFinneysQuestToFindTheMeaningOfLife'' has a little paintbrush icon under each comic, which displays the alt text in a little widget if you hover your mouse over it. Apparently the alt text is stuff Edmund writes down in his notebook.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' doesn't technically have alt text, but the witty little comments below each comic serve the same purpose, and are just as easy to miss the first time you read it...especially because they don't start showing up until around chapter 5.
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has some where the alt text for multiple pages need to be read in order to get the joke.
* For a non-webcomic example, some Website/YouTube users like to put an extra joke into their videos' tags, like LetsPlay/{{raocow}}.
* TeaHouse starts using this early in chapter 3.
* ''NewSchoolKids'' has this, though usually only tangibly related to the plot.
* HappleTea uses it on occasion.
* ''{{Thornsaddle}}'' has alt text for most of its strips, especially the earlier one.
* [[http://tcrf.net/The_Cutting_Room_Floor The Cutting Room Floor]], a wiki covering [[DummiedOut removed]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen content]] in video games, often adds a silly joke to the images. Since it's a freely-editable wiki, the humor value varies.
* The [[http://www.askdreldritch.com/index.html Ask Dr. Eldritch]] comics includes the added punchline variety.
%%* ''Shinka: The Last Eevee''
* ''Webcomic/SidequestStory'' uses this trope for additional commentary and dialogue for its pages.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', starting around comic #84.
* Almost all [[http://www.ddtcomic.com/ Dewey Defeats Tarzan]] strips have this.
* APTComic is currently trying to make sure every one has one.
* Website/ItHeSoftware does this from time to time, often to cram yet another ShoutOut in.
%%* ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist''
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': Sporadically contains funny remarks about the respective page
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'': Well, sorta. There was never text to begin with (he used filler for that), but then Dave set up DisguntledFerret's comic with a text function starting on #958 (it is only viewable if the comics are displayed one at a time).
* Equestrian themed webcomic [[http://www.theideaoforder.com/ The Idea of Order]] not only uses AltText, but also includes an [[OneTwoPunchline additional punchline]] in the caption. For the inattentive that means three passes through the archive.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': Used mostly for LampshadeHanging (especially in regard to [[WhiteVoidRoom lacking backgrounds]], {{Spoof Aesop}}s, and incredibly {{egregious}} {{pun}}s).
* A variation in ''DistortedTravesty'', which uses GameMaker's ability to change the text in the title bar for each room to provide developer's commentary if the game's played in Windowed Mode.
* ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'' started having it on February 14th, 2013. The first altext was, appropriately enough, "what i can add HOVERTEXT???"
** {{Shortpacked}} also started doing this. The text on both is often a secondary joke or meta explanations/warnings/information. The {{Roomies}} redux only has the strip title as hovertext; any additional info is put in the news box for that strip.
* The header images for abridged scripts at Website/TheEditingRoom all contain a mean {{pun}} on the film's title, the better for you to mock them with.
* ''WebComic/PoppyOPossum'' offers a second punchline or some commentary for each page.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' has them (since #1054), sometimes as a second punchline, other times as an author's note.
** As of spring of 2014, there is an icon next to the comic navigation links which, when touched on a tablet, will display the alt-text, at long last making them accessible for readers using tablets or other mouseless formats.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'' has used AltText from the beginning.
* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' features hover text either adding to the joke or offering some commentary on the work.
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