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Google France Approaches 90 Percent Share

On the one hand, new data makes it surprising that Google doesn’t cater more to the French market.  On the other hand, perhaps the search giant doesn’t need to – in France, it already has a market share of almost 90 percent.

SMX Rewind

So much covered, seen and happened in just two days. From FaceBook to Wikipedia and everything about social media in between. Finally, we wind up and take a dekko at all that we and everyone else from the SEM community have covered:

Yahoo Pushes ALT-ernative Text For Images

By effectively labeling images that lack descriptive or any ALT-attribute text, people who use screen readers can more fully understand the contents of images on a web page.

A Day Without Google Draws Crowds
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A few brave souls have, from time to time, given up Google – quit using the search engine and all its related sites.  After an initial period of withdrawal, the experiments usually went pretty well.  Now Alt Search Engines is urging everyone to participate in A Day Without Google.

Accessibility: Alt Tag for Every Image?

Dear Kalena…

Your newsletter reply to one visitor included: "I would also avoid using more than 2 or 3 alt tags on a single page if you can help it." I designed and manage a site for a visually impaired friend who writes children’s books: www.gate.net/~labooks/francesindex.html

One Alt Attribute at a Time

It’s so easy to forget the universe extends past our own elbows. I was trying to recall when I first became interested in website accessibility, and I can’t remember.

Writing Effective ALT Text For Images

Anyone who knows anything about web accessibility knows that images need alternative, or ALT, text assigned to them.

Loadkeys, Dumpkeys

You can change the output of the console keyboard with loadkeys. It’s an extremely powerful command, and the man page can be confusing, but for simple use (which is often all we need it for), it’s very easy.

Googles Text Only Cached Pages Raises Issues With Alt Text
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There have been many discussions in the SEO world over the usefulness of alt tags that accompany images. It is generally accepted that Google primarily indexes alt tags as long as the images have a link. If there is no link on the image, the alt text is ignored.

Web Site Accessibility

This issue is not a new one, but there is still a great deal of confusion out there about what makes a Web site accessible and why it matters. If you don’t think this topic is important, consider this:

How to make non-text elements accessible – some notes
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Making non-text elements, particularly images, accessible is fundamental to accessible web design; even if you attended to this issue alone, you would make a big impact on the accessibility of your site.

Web Accessibility: Making your Pages Friendly to People with Disabilities

Did you know that nearly 20 percent of all Web users have some form of disability?

“Making your site accessible for all is a matter of courtesy, is good business practice, and is not difficult,” explains Robert Roberts, a professional SEO who owns the SEO Toolbox (http://www.seotoolbox.com).

In fact, Roberts believes that Web accessibility issues are so important that he’s been having monthly chat sessions on the subject for students at the Academy of Web Specialist (http://www.onlinewebtraining.com/courses.html). He’s also created a special section of his Web site that’s devoted to accessibility issues (http://www.seotoolbox.com/htmlchat/accessibility.html).