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Started by rightofatilla, March 06, 2013, 02:05:46 PM
Quote from: Kindred on March 06, 2013, 04:15:02 PMwhich small images?In many cases, it's actually worse to set the alt tags for small display images that server no purpose other than to make it look pretty. After all, the main ideas for alt tags are 1- to tell search engines that this image is important in some way, hence the tag describing the image and 2- to cover for disabled "viewer" capabilities like for the blind reads, which resolves all images as their alt-text equivalent. In that case, adding alt tags for all the tiny crap pictures actually makes th epage incredibly over crowded..
QuoteI need to set the alt tags for the small images.
QuoteBy the way, why are these not set?
QuoteWho makes the decision to not do simple, fundamental stuff like this?
Quote from: Arantor on March 06, 2013, 04:18:09 PMQuoteI need to set the alt tags for the small images.What small images?QuoteBy the way, why are these not set?For the exact reason I outlined. In the case of all the avatars (both the user's own and the per-post avatars), you're explicitly duplicating content that is nearby in the markup. That's not going to endear you to the search engines or visually impaired users for whom it was originally intended anyway.Try disabling images in your browser and navigate around. If an icon doesn't have a description, it needs one. If it doesn't (like avatars), you don't gain anything by including it.QuoteWho makes the decision to not do simple, fundamental stuff like this?Competent people who understand what this stuff actually means and why it is better adhering to the search engine guidelines than shoving it in blindly.
Quote from: Arantor on March 06, 2013, 04:23:01 PMBing Webmaster Tools doesn't check whether it's *relevant* content. It only checks whether there IS content. But no content is better than bad content - and bad content in this case is straight up duplication of other stuff on the page.
Quote from: Kindred on March 06, 2013, 04:28:43 PMI have a site, with no tweaks done that has a fine gogole rank and is on page 1 of many searches.(as for Bing, who cares? LOL, just kidding, but I hate bing....)
Quote from: Arantor on March 06, 2013, 04:30:48 PMI'm absolutely certain this is not a problem you need to worry about.