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Re: alt text length

From: Judy Schnitzer <judy@advanced-emarketing.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 10:01:12 -0700
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@mch.govt.nz>
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If search engines are a concern with the  site you are working on, I've 
read, but unfortunately can't find the citation, that we should keep alto 
text to no more than 5-7 words, because longer ones "confuse" some search 
engines (some of them do index the alt text).

Also, if they are wider than the size of the image, they don't show up on 
the screen when the graphic is loading or if the graphics are turned off in 
Netscape 4+, though they do in N3 and IE.

At 10:10 AM 7/30/2001 +1200, you wrote:
>My question is, would this be a situation where it might be 'better' just 
>to write the text contained in the image as alt text? Are there any other 
>situations where longer alt text can be justified?
>Jamie Mackay

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