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Our site currently uses a generic Start Previous Next End type of navigation.
Is it too wordy if I change that to:
Photo of tedster - photo of Robert Charlton, etc? Or does it matter to google if I added that info to the anchor text's title attribute like:
<a href="" title="photo of tedster">Next<a/>
However, the alt attribute for the img element is quite important in Image Search - some go as far as saying it's "mandatory", although I feel that participation in the enhanced image labelling project might bypass that a bit.
If you are trying to get images from a slideshow into Image Search results, I'd suggest making sure that a visitor could come to that page from search and see the correct image on display.