Using Image ALT Tags
Posted on 01.03.2006
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Navigate to your website and place your mouse/cursor over an image.
What do you see? If your answer was a small box containing some
explanatory text of what the image was - this is good. If your answer
was nothing then, well, you are not using alternate image tags, or alt
tags, and the failure to include alt tags is considered by some as a
failure to provide a thorough user experience.
Image alt tags are an important part of your website design and
development. The Image alt tag is the text that is used to describe an
image if your website's visitor has images disabled or is visually
<IMG SRC="your image.gif" ALT="description of the image ">
Because search engine spiders can't read text inside the image, it
reads alt tag as a way to understand what the image is about. The
verdict is out on whether search engines are penalizing for stuffing
alt tags with keywords so be careful not to overdue it. If an image
contains text, rewrite the text sparingly to simply describe the
contents of the image.
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