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Patience
05-18-2007, 01:33 AM
I don't fully understand alt text. Does anyone feel like explaining it? Should I have alt text on every image? Should the alt text describe the image?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Watdaflip
05-18-2007, 02:03 AM
Alt text is really only necessary if the image is used for a link.

If for some reason the image fails to load it will load the alt text instead

larazovich
05-18-2007, 03:17 AM
Alt text is really only necessary if the image is used for a link.

If for some reason the image fails to load it will load the alt text instead
I don't know about anyone else but I try to use some alt text on every picture. When you put the mouse over the picture it shows the alt text, so you can use it for small comments, or names of things in the pictures.
Makes the experience alittle more interactive, I think. just my opinion, though..

Karen Mac
05-18-2007, 04:01 AM
Alt text should be used on an image rather or not its linked. Not only can YOU read it with a mouse over, so can seeing impaired programs and the SE. You should give it a good description with KEYWORDS. Added plus is it can also be read if the picture doesnt pop up as Wat said.

Karen

Collectors-info
05-18-2007, 09:00 AM
Hi, Ditto with the above. But remember! SE’s also will recognise this tag, so giving the image alt tag a good & related key word can also be very helpful. Couple of areas where its not good to use, is background images & decoration on your pages. If you are using the image as a link? It can be useful to describe the link in the alt text. IE: if you use a header logo as a link to the home page, describe as “site name home page” But the most important part is to name your images correctly. IE: if your image was about a watch?
It should look like http://www.mysite.com/edwardian-pocket-watch.jpg (Alt tag) of gold 1930 pocket watch thumbnail.
But not http://www.mysite.com/epw120x120th.jpg with no alt tag. It will never be found by the SE’s unless you know of someone that may enter “epw120x120th” as a search.

Patience
05-19-2007, 01:29 AM
Thanks for your help guys.

Liz, interaction is always good!

Karen, glad you mentioned the seeing impaired. I was wondering about that.

Chris, thanks for the tip on background images & decorations. I was going to tackle them all!

Thanks again guys!