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Chapter 4. Image Maps > Providing a Text Alternative to an Image Map

Providing a Text Alternative to an Image Map

When you use an image map—in particular, a server-side image map—it's 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 image map will be lost on them if a text-based alternative is not supplied.

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


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