I've been looking into accessibility recently and have read mixed articles regarding whether or not the title attributes should be included. It seems that there's a pretty good consensus that adding title attributes mean nothing for SEO but for screen readers and such I wasn't sure.

This is regarding the title attribute, not to be confused with the <title> tag, for example:

<a href="#" title="Some description">Link Title</a>

Doing a quick Google search on "Title Attribute and Accessibility" comes up with a list of conflicting articles on whether it's still a good practice or not. An ideal answer would be one that has links to back up their assertions to the following questions:

Should I still be using the title attribute? Is there ever a case where I should / shouldn't be including the title attribute on anything? Are there any negative effects if I leave the title attribute out?

  • Sorry but there is already a vast amount of questions already on Pro Webmasters regarding the use of ALT and TITLE for both accessibility and SEO value. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 16:58
  • @SimonHayter No problem, I did search for title tag specifically but didn't see anything regarding it's use for Accessibility, only SEO. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 16:59
  • It's no problem at all, in terms of title and screen readers see: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/16173/… and most likely many more questions and related answers on Pro Webmasters. If you believe your question is more sided towards 'screen readers' and you have questions regarding screen readers then you could form a unique question based on that, but currently SEO value has been asked and answers more times than I can count. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 17:01
  • @SimonHayter the linked question ( and the linked search ) seem to point mostly toward the <title> tag and not specifically the title attribute ( on things such as links and images ). The search mostly regards SEO but my main interest is it's use for Accessibility. I've found a couple article that say don't use title attributes and some that say do use them. I'm not sure if that helps clarify my question, I can add this info. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 17:04
  • If it's still duplicate I understand and will keep searching through the exchange to see if I can find any answers that specifically discuss the importance of the title attribute and Accessibility versus prolonging the comments. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 17:05