• http://kellanlutzworkoutz.com/ Kellan lutz workout

    I have heard that alt tags in images are used as ranking factor. Thats why I am using alt tags.

  • http://techdomino.com/ Lucian Armasu

    I’ve used them, and I’ve had visitors from them, so I think it’s still working.

  • Christian Z.

    Remember that ALT text is the text that should appear if the associated image file does not load. ALT text is not a description of the image.

    • http://www.ongoingworlds.com/ David Ball

      There’s a great explanation of ALT text best practices here: http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/

    • Sam

      Alt text is also used by screen readers and accessibility software. It absolutely SHOULD contain a description of the image. That is it’s intended purpose.

      • http://www.ongoingworlds.com/ David Ball

        Technically not always @sam. Check the best practices here: http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/

      • Christian Z.

        Believe me, Sam, I know what you are getting at and you ARE partially right. To understand the issue better you have to think about what a screen reader user is hearing. If they were listening to your web page about making wine and you had a picture of a bunch of grapes does it help for them to hear the screen reader say, “A bunch of grapes”? In this case having such ALT text read out loud does nothing to inform the listener and can logically and harmlessly be skipped. And remember that ALT text is “alternative text,” not “descriptive text.” There’s a difference.

        On another note, this issue could get blurred with the presence now of the FIGURE element and the accompanying FIGCAPTION element. I don’t know how screen readers handle that.

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