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Old 05-09-2007, 11:18 AM
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Question Alt Tag and Background Images

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Should we be putting alt tags on background images ( or bullet images)?

I had heard this makes it more "screen reader" friendly.

Anyone heard of this and is it worth the time and effort?

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Old 05-09-2007, 02:17 PM
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Define "background images".

I generally do all my background setup via CSS, and I am not aware of a way that you can tag them- even on inline styling.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 12:27 AM
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I don't heard anything like that before.I usually put alt tag on all of my images.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 12:56 AM
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Sounds sketchy.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:49 AM
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All images in the HTML should include the ALT attribute to be valid HTML and aid assistive technologies and for users browsing without images. However all background images and decoration must be moved into the CSS and therefore there is no IMG tag to need to apply an ALT attribute.

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alt=""
If decoration images must be in the HTML then a blank ALT attribute should be used. (ideally should have used CSS).

2. If the content of images are links then an ALT description is legal requirement and will help SEO.

3. If the content of the images is descriptive like a diagram or photograph you should describe it in the ALT text sufficiently to inform a blind user.

For more information: If you are in the USA please read Section 508 www.section508.gov and in Europe/Australia please read WAI by W3C www.w3.org/WAI

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Old 05-21-2007, 02:10 AM
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yes,, it usual using alt tag for back ground images
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:17 AM
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Background images !!!

What would you like to explain?
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:41 AM
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I use alt tags for all the images. Keyword rich alt tags & file names.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:44 AM
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Question:

Should we be putting alt tags on background images ( or bullet images)?

I had heard this makes it more "screen reader" friendly.

Anyone heard of this and is it worth the time and effort?

Thanks,
Never heard of it... Why put alt tags to background images...

Use alt tags on images after the <body> tags
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:24 AM
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Perhaps my compressive reply was not clear...
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Never heard of it... Why put alt tags to background images...

Use alt tags on images after the <body> tags
In the old days background images can be applied to <body> and <table> tags amongst other block level tags using the attribute "background". However this is bad practice and all background images nowadays should be moved into the CSS including bullet point background images.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:44 AM
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There is no way to tag a background image (a background image that is set by CSS or any other way). an image with "<img src="..." alt=""> is not a background image, it's just an image with nothing else on her.
 
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Question:

Should we be putting alt tags on background images ( or bullet images)?

I had heard this makes it more "screen reader" friendly.

Anyone heard of this and is it worth the time and effort?

Thanks,
Some say alt tags can help you improved your rankings.
 
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:25 AM
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Some say alt tags can help you improved your rankings.
They help you, they really do but you cannot set alt tags on background images. There is no way. Alt tags are just for normal images.
 
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:19 AM
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They help you, they really do but you cannot set alt tags on background images. There is no way. Alt tags are just for normal images.
Doh your right!
 
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:23 AM
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Alt tags
Actually it is an attribute not a tag :p
 
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:39 AM
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I use alt tags for all the images. Keyword rich alt tags & file names.
And don't forget that you can use the 'title' attribute of any element to help the SEO factor
 
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:37 PM
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'title' attribute
Titles attributes on links do not help SEO.
 
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Titles attributes on links do not help SEO.
I guess you have a strong reason to say that. Can you name it?
 
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I guess you have a strong reason to say that. Can you name it?
Because Google does not index titles attributes.
 
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background image? all i know is alt tag use in images or templates to attach word or words,,
you can put keywords here because search engine cant read words in image or templates
 
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