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Chapter 4. Imagemaps > Providing a Text Alternative to an Imagemap

Providing a Text Alternative to an Imagemap

When you use an imagemap—in particular, a server-side imagemap—it is important to provide a text-based alternative to users who have a text-only browser, who have image loading turned off, or who are using a nonvisual browser. These users won't be able to view your image, so the entire imagemap will be lost on them if a text-based alternative is not supplied.

Additionally, not all Web robots can follow the links set up in a server-side imagemap. By providing a text-based set of links that replicate the links in the imagemap, you give the robots a way to better index your pages.


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