"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."
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". Alt Text
has many uses; some Webcomics
use it to display comments, credits, or additional punchlines
. TV Tropes
does have Alt Text
capabilities, in the form of the Pot Hole
Finishing a lengthy Archive Binge
, only to find out you missed all the funny Alt Text
, 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 has other purposes
, though older versions of Internet Explorer would still display it as a tooltip, leading many authors to create Alt Text
only functional in it.
Firefox 2 tended to truncate the displayed alt text, although there's a plugin for that.
This was fixed in Firefox 3.6.
- Dinosaur Comics has an additional punchline in the Alt Text, as with the comic's archive name and email subject.
- 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 Adventures of Dr. McNinja
- "Tomorrow's recipe: chicken!"
- The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
- Goodbye Chains
- Thinkin Lincoln
- Irregular Webcomic! author David Morgan-Mar argues against them in this strip, a parody of xkcd.
- And uses it anyway, because he's parodying xkcd, and wants to get it right. His previous xkcd parody featured a Take That against Alt Text in the Alt Text, 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..."
- 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.
- OAFEnet reviews begin with straightforward Alt Text naming the subject of the review, then quickly degenerate into name-calling, in-jokes and even running gags. Yes, Alt Text-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.
- In the webcomic HERO, all the text (except one chapter, for stylistic reasons) is in Alt Text. Dialogue, narration, everything.
- A Softer World
- 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.
- Molten Blade makes frequent use of title tags to include references and comments in strips that are otherwise intended to be serious.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 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.
- Pictures For Sad Children
- Daisy Owl
- Thinkgeek, being a geeky store, hides little jokes in the thumbnails on the gallery pages. Like this one.
- Suppression has some truly great Alt Text, such as here and here.
- Something Positive has little comments similar to Alt Text printed in plain sight at the bottom of the comics.
- Knights Errant frequently has amusing comments hidden in the Alt Text.
- Amazing Superpowers. 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.
- True Magic
- Flaky Pastry
- Wondermark uses its alt text as a secondary punchline, which is sometimes funnier than the first one.
- TV Tropes, as mentioned earlier.
- El Goonish Shive 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 here
- Chasing the Sunset
- True Magic
- The Word Weary has alt text in every comic. Whether or not it's actually funny.
- Cowbirds in Love, lampshaded in #11
- Abby and Norma
- Johnny Wander
- Ever since this strip, Out at Home.
- Chris Sims' Invincible Super-Blog
- Brawl in the Family does this starting with comic #167. Later Lampshaded:
- "Hey! Stop reading the mouseover text and look at the comic!"
- Dante Residential
- Furthia High
- Non-webcomic example: the awards in Quake Live.
- Encyclopedia Dramatica uses potholes much the same way.
- Cute Overload.
- The cast pages in Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name
- The Way of the Metagamer not only has title= text, but has a character to read the title= text. The first presenter was Titular, replaced later on by Ebony Nauss.
- Skin Deep as of the current storyline (Exchanges: Heartaches).
- Guilded Age
- 21st Century Fox
- Worst Of The Time Lords
- The Dawn Chapel often uses hovertext for both the comic itself and the accompanying 'stinger' process sketch.
- Everyday Heroes
- Ozy And Millie used mouseover text on the cast page, featuring quotes from the characters.
- Rusty and Co..
- Abstruse Goose 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 Japanator, Ben Huber's Yotsuba comics have alt text.
- 5 Color Control. The first comic Lampshaded it, with Alt Text reading, "Sorry, we're not cool enough to do rollover jokes."
- Selkie sometimes does this, calling it "Secret Director Commentary".
- Far Out There has been featuring Alt Text since page 315 (on the Smack Jeeves pages, at least)
- Michael Poe's Does Not Play Well With Others, as well as the newer strips in his Errant Story.
- Down The Stairs features Alt Text in all comics.
- Miscellaneous Error uses Alt Text for additional punchlines.
- Paranatural strips usually have Alt Text, though it's absent from some of the earlier pages.
- Homestuck doesn't ordinarily contain Alt Text (it would be highly impractical for its format), but a few updates starting here incorporate Alt Text in the banners. The Alt Text serves as the Author Avatar's voice while he parades through the banner in a quest to find the guy currently narrating the story and wrestle the narrative back from him. And then, starting here, we get to hear another character's voice for the first time. This is completely terrifying.
- Extra Ordinary
- Two P Start, although the alt-text only begins mid-way through.
- The Order of the Stick 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.
- 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
- Edmund Finneys Quest To Find The Meaning Of Life 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.
- Gunnerkrigg Court 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.
- L's Empire 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 Youtube users like to put an extra joke into their videos' tags, like raocow.
- Tea House starts using this early in chapter 3.
- New School Kids has this, though usually only tangibly related to the plot.
- Happle Tea uses it on occasion.
- Thornsaddle has alt text for most of its strips, especially the earlier one.
- The Cutting Room Floor, a wiki covering removed content in video games, often adds a silly joke to the images. Since it's a freely-editable wiki, the humor value varies.
- The Ask Dr. Eldritch comics includes the added punchline variety.
- Shinka: The Last Eevee
- Sidequest Story uses this trope for additional commentary and dialogue for its pages.
- Axe Cop, starting around comic #84.
- Almost all Dewey Defeats Tarzan strips have this.
- APT Comic is currently trying to make sure every one has one.
- It He Software does this from time to time, often to cram yet another Shout Out in.
- Strong Female Protagonist
- The Fox Sister: Sporadically contains funny remarks about the respective page
- MS Paint Masterpieces: Well, sorta. There was never text to begin with (he used filler for that), but then Dave set up Disguntled Ferret'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 The Idea of Order not only uses Alt Text, but also includes an additional punchline in the caption. For the inattentive that means three passes through the archive.