Alt Tags

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Real Estate Broker with Missy Caulk TEAM

I enjoy  looking at all the ALT tags on Chris Griffiths posts and Bob Carney's posts. Some people have emailed me and asked what the heck is an ALT tag?

I found this great video on YouTube with the master himself, Matt Cutts explaining ALT tags. ALT tags are important because they tell the person reading what the image (photo) is about.

It is easy to do on Activerain, after you upload your photo, just add a title tag and image description. The title tag will be what shows up when someone holds their cursor over the photo. Google likes us to use ALT tags, enough said.

 Michigan and new addidas logoHere is an example:  Put your cursor over the image and hold it there. See it?

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Yes.  Using the 'alt' attribute is very easy and, in my mind, a requirement.  Just as clarification, 'alt' is not a tag, it's an attribute (of the HTML <img> tag).  In fact, if your interested in your site being 508 compliant (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/), the 'alt' attribute is a requirement.  Another important attribute is the 'title' attribute in your <a> tag.  This will provide similar mouse-over description of your link.

For example (shameless plug to follow :-):

  1. <img src="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com/images/headerlogo.gif" alt="ClassifiedFlyerAds.com Logo">
  2. <a href="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" title="Click here to go to ClassifiedFlyerAds.com">

Another less important attribute to the <img> tag is the 'longdesc' attribute.  Please see, http://www.w3schools.com/htmldom/prop_img_longdesc.asp for more details on this attribute.

Here's a image with a link:

ClassifiedFlyerAds.com Logo

or in HTML,

<a href="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" alt="Link to ClassifiedFlyerAds.com"><img src="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com/images/headerlogo.gif" alt="ClassifiedFlyerAds.com logo" longdesc="http://www.classifiedflyerads.com" /></a>

 

Sorry for the shameless plug :-) 

March 13, 2008 12:47 PM
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Roland Woodworth
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Missy...... Thanks for the information on Alt Tags.... I will look at this
March 15, 2008 11:38 PM
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Missy, Great information and the utube clip helped as well, thank you.  Michael checked out the site for w3school, very helpful and needed information. Thank you again
March 16, 2008 10:19 PM
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Karen Turney
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Loved the information and enjoyed the "go blue" having been born and raised in A2 (Ann Arbor) and spending very fall saturday on the 50 yard line it brought back such lovely memories, I could hear the fight song!!

Karen Turney

March 18, 2008 04:21 PM
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Marie Episale
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Thank you.. I did not know what an "alt" tag was, although I am using them on photos in my A/R blogs.  But now I need to remember that "alt" is not actually a "tag" but an attribute of of the html <img> tag.  I think I need to get some rest now...  I will learn all of this, I will learn all of this, I will, I will.

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