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Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Helpful Hint about Sharing Images #atozchallenge #blogging

Thanks to J Lenni Dorner of Arlee's Ambassadors for the following info that some of you might find helpful.  It might be a bit technical for some of you, but those who understand might be able to put this to good use.  

I am not a coding expert. I learned all of this by watching other people, Google searching, and trial with lots of error. (Ha ha) But here's an important tip on something I do know about-- using the img alt in the HTML of your posts.
  1. Blind and visually impaired people sometimes use the Internet. There are programs that read to them, partly using the HTML of websites. I didn't know this when I started blogging. A blind woman told me about it. She said the "img alt" tag is used to read what the picture is of... assuming there's an alt tag, of course. "Image of a woman on horseback." vs "32343" You can understand now how defining your image is more useful than leaving just a number or something.
  2. Pinterest captions your pin based on what is written inside the alt tag. Readers hitting the share button might be too lazy to edit that. What do you want people to read when your image is clicked from the Pinterest (or other sharing) site? Tag yourself with your Twitter handle if you have one! It works.
  3. Sometimes image hosting sites go down. The picture you used doesn't appear. What you wrote in the alt tag will show in place of the image. Consider what you'd at least like your readers to imagine for the downtime duration.
  4. With Internet Explorer, hovering the mouse over the image will create a small pop-up text block of the "alt" words. (Firefox and Opera do this with the TITLE tag instead of ALT. The two seem similar otherwise.)
Always keep it relevant, meaningful, and short!
And now it's example time!
Blogging from #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z April 2016 The A to Z Challenge

The how and why of img alt code in HTML by @JLenniDorner Blogger image
The how and why of img alt code in HTML by @JLenniDorner WordPress image


center means that it will be in the middle of post, not to the left. a href I have hyperlinked my image. If you click it, it takes you to another webpage. target=_blank That other webpage will open in a new window or new tab, so you don't leave me! img means image src means source -- that's always the URL where the image is hosted alt THAT'S what this image is about. I have Twitter handles and a hashtag to increase the viral trending. backslash close your tags

J Lenni Dorner can be found at the blog, on #TeamArlee Arlee's Ambassadors, @JLenniDorner, and on


  1. Was doing the "A to Z' posts on my own (did not get signed up this year) ... We chose the "theme" ..."influences in my Life"... went pretty well, up to "E" and then "F"... (combined with "Drama" occurring about me, The "thinking back upon our "Past" , Fv,ked my poor (already "unstable") mind...
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    So made a "massive post" to finish of the A to Z influences in my Life...
    Long post, sorry for Not following the proper "guide-lines"... a great weekend to you and yours...

  2. I'm going to have to come back for this. It went straight over my head. lol But it is an important point.

  3. I so appreciate this post. More, more, more. I need more of this user-friendly info. Thank you.

  4. thank you. I have trouble just getting it to post to A to Z Challenge.

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  6. This is super helpful! Thanks for sharing it. I'm part of the #AtoZChallenge too. Good luck!

  7. Going to have to see if I can figure out how to edit the alt on my pics. Luckily, most of my blog posts are one pic and a bunch of text... or maybe that unluckily, lol. :)

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