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<img src="foo.gif" title="Foo.com, the best retailer on Earth for whateverisyourproduct!">
Foo.com, the best retailer on Earth for whateverisyourproduct!
isn't that too much? Two successive links for the same page on the same page?
[edited by: martinibuster at 12:29 am (utc) on Feb. 19, 2005]
as to SE's, images aren't that import to text bots right, so most probably ignore alt text since it's not relevant to the text of the page
the only reason alt works like it does was a bug in an early IE browsers
what happens one day when IE fixes it?
anyway, we use title now in all text links and also images
a lot of early surfers had images turned off to save bandwidth, but most now surf with images on, so alt is kinda useless most of the time
the text is so small in those pops I don't see anyone with sight problems reading it, the original reason for alt was to display some text for people not viewing images on the net
how many people you know that do that now?
very very few, yet 10 years ago it was big enough percentage, today no one designs for people looking at modern web pages filled with rich media content with image off in their browsers
maybe a few do
but alt is bad html
...the text is so small in those pops I don't see anyone with sight problems reading it...The original reason for alt was to display some text for people not viewing images on the net...
Hehe, not really but an interesting guess. ;)
The alt text is for hardware and software used by the sight impaired (i.e. blind) that reads the alt text (or generates braille text) so they know that a gif image on a navbar says, HOME, etc. Afaik, the alt text was conceived primarily for web accessibility reasons.
You can read more about it here:
Contrary to what you may believe, I have seen enough instances where alt text has played a role in ranking a website that it's beyond doubt. You shouldn't form an opinion on something like this based upon your reasoning without having empirical data to back it up.
But don't take my word for it, here is what Google's own Webmaster Guidelines [google.com] has to say about it:
Make sure that your TITLE and ALT tags are descriptive and accurate.