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Re: alt text

From: Matthew Ogston <matthewogston@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 11:43:19 +0000
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Law15-F168gsHYMa00600016cd5@hotmail.com>


It is my understanding that Google does index ALT tags and use them for 
ranking, although this is difficult to prove because Google, quite rightly, 
does not publish their search and index methods. I would assume that on a 
practical level their importance is quite low when it comes to page ranking 
compared to that of page content.

I've heard somewhere that Google also indexes the Title tag.

There is an article here:
http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/istweb/searcheng.html
that very briefly mentions the ALT tag.

Regards
Matt


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>From: "Suzanne Stokes" <Suzanne.Stokes@port.ac.uk>
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: alt text
>Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 11:37:16 +0000
>
>
>Hi there everyone.
>
>Does anyone know, or know where I can find out about, whether alt
>text is used as data to contribute towards any search engine/ indexing
>rankings. Just curious, that's all.
>
>Many thanks to anyone who can offer any insight on this.
>
>Cheers
>Suzanne Stokes
>


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