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Old July 21st, 2008, 10:32 AM
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CSS IMG Strategy Needs Clarification

Hello.
I am combing the web for information on CSS.
This excerpt comes from a forum that will go unnamed, and it has not had
any entries for over three years. The answer is helpful, but I am
not clear on what it is referring to:
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"Another good example in using CSS for seo, is overlaying images over texts!! For instance, you can write in your menu or whatever, the beginning of a new section, a broad description of using a normal pure text ( using as usual bold, h1 etc.etc.) after that you simply overlay with CSS an appropriate IMG with a shorter description, or just a pure image to visually describe your section. This is a good trick which provides you spider food without sacrifice the style of web page. Is it a valid substitution of the ALT tag?"
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Can anyone comment on this? It sounds like good information, but I guess I need a paraphrase.

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queenpictoria

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I do realize this is an old thread, but since no reply was made, I'll make one now.

It sounds like keyword stuffing to me. I would advise against it.

On the other hand, CSS Image Replacement is useful for making menus.

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It seems the other thread that queenpictoria was deleted while I was writing my reply, so I'll post it here.

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Alt tags in CSS, Utilizing Keyword Locations Normal for HTML
Hello.
I am new to this forum. I like forums a lot.
Thank you for your attention on my behalf.

There is a lot of almost mean criticism about HTML, and it only
stands because of the continued understanding of newer, better
code. The contempt for HTML resembles typical arrogance
which can come from a new generation of anything. I don't see
how one can really understand code without knowing HTML.

CSS is new for me. I have been practicing HTML now for four
years and am self-taught. My work is better with each page.

My question involves the "alt tags" that come after the pictures.
In CSS, where do these alt tags come into play, since they do
offer added opportunity for keywords involved in the picture,
not to mention the title of a picture should the image URL fail.

Will I continue to use the image tags, or is there a better way?
With HTML, as heavy and complicated as it is, there are many
places inside the code to legally place keywords, and the "alt
tags" is a very good one. What does CSS offer in its place?
How does one do image "alt tags" in CSS?


The short answer is that HTML and CSS have different purposes. HTML's purpose is to give structure to and enhance the meaning of the content of a document; while the purpose of CSS is to add presentational information to style such documents.

P.S. queenpictoria, this forum is very low traffic. I recommend you join DevShed Forums or SitePoint Forums instead.

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