TheMadScientist - 8:02 pm on Mar 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's funny how much we disagree, yet both seem to do alright P1R ...
There are plenty of folks who are not happy with that decision.
And plenty who are ... Me included.
Remember, the text alternative takes up visual display space and may interfere with surrounding text.
But doesn't in major browsers ... Were you misleading on purpose or have you not tested it? As long as you have a height and width set the text takes up the image size...
<img src="/img/p1r.gif" alt="If it were me, I surely WOULDN'T be taking the HTML5 advice and stuffing an alt attribute with an entire description like they show as examples. Remember, the text alternative takes up visual display space and may interfere with surrounding text.
I'd look at all the other methods available before putting more than 80 characters in the alt attribute. The W3 have recommended 80 characters as a suggested limit when composing a short text alternative.
In regards to the topic, don't let them hotlink! If you rely on image search for revenue, then you should plan on blocking all but those that you will allow to hotlink. Don't ask me how to do this either, talk to your dev. Let them know that you need to allow Google and maybe a handful of others to hotlink. All the rest get a 403 and/or a special message just for hotlinking swine! ;)" style="height:120px;width:120px;">
BTW For those who may be reading and actually considering following the HTML5 Spec rather than being 'stuck in the past' ... If you're wondering how Google may treat the use of the alt with some actual text in it ... The editor of the Dev Doc I linked above happens to be a Googler, so my guess is they know about the change and will handle it according to the spec.