[uf-new] img alt content

Derrick Lyndon Pallas derrick at pallas.us
Mon Jul 9 08:42:58 PDT 2007

Actually, I can probably be of help here, having written the Alexa Image 
Search indexer. While I can't divulge too much about what goes into 
building the index, I'll see if I can find some time to take a look at 
the usage of img/@alt inside hcard/fn some time this week. Is there 
anything specific anyone would like me to look for? ~D

Scott Reynen wrote:
> On Jul 9, 2007, at 8:14 AM, Andy Mabbett wrote:
>>> They only grab the image alt text if the
>>> microformat class is on the image itself. Here's a different example:
>>> <a class="fn url" href="http://www.yahoo.com"><img src="foo.jpg"
>>> alt="Mike Kaply"></a>
>>> I realize this is a little contrived, but you get the idea.
>>> In this case, the fn is empty.
>> My argument is that the fn should /not/ be empty; the "alt" attribute
>> contains the text equivalent of the image.
> I agree this matches the semantics of the alt attribute; however, I 
> suspect few publishers are currently using this attribute 
> appropriately, so I think we should do more research into the likely 
> ramifications of such a change before making it.
> -- 
> Scott Reynen
> MakeDataMakeSense.com
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