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RE: Text unavailable to sighted users but available to screen reader users

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 10:11:11 -0000
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBLCBLIMDOPKMOPHLHOEPHCPAA.jon@spinsol.com>
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> Hi All,
> 
> You could try using a spacer image and then put your message in the
> alt text. I don't know how that will behave in the screenreader but
> it may help
> get around the problem with the search engine.

Perhaps not, since putting spider-bait in alt attributes is just as
old a search-engine as hiding stuff using colour.

On the other hand there isn't really anyway I can think of for
spiders to know whether they are being baited unless there is a lot
of repetition of words other than "a", "the", etc.

Spider-baiting in itself is quite a problem for users of text,
whether sighted text-only users or users of enabling technologies.
I've quite often come across sites with little for a text-only user
to read but the keywords they want to be listed over repeated 50
times.

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