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Does Googlebot recognize light characters on a background image?

Paranoid that I might get flagged for hidden text

2:04 pm on Nov 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure that my fears are probably unfounded, but I need to ask just to put my ulcer at ease :)

I have a page with a darkish background image over it. The text, of course, is light--to be seen over the image.

Is Google clever enough to know that my image is dark and not penalize me for trying to cheat?


4:39 pm on Nov 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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make sure that the BGCOLOR element in your body tag is set to a dark colour (ideally you want it to be roughly the same colour as your image)
4:48 pm on Nov 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There are also those that believe that coloring the text using CSS in an external file is also a good way to go, and more future-proof than the FONT COLOR command

CSS also appeals considerably more to the sensibilities of us UK authors, who prefer to put all dubiously spelled words such as "color" into a separate file that's way out of *our* sight as well as Google's <grin>