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Old 09-24-2003, 09:28 PM
 
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I suppose, except the rise of PDAs and Cell Phones....
I guess it just depends if you want a site accessible to everyone or just those people with ______ .
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Now Joshua, that is sort of like still designing for 640x480. It can be done.... But Why? I don't think x-cart in itself would be friendly to PDA users so i don't think it'll cause a huge loss of customers, besides, yo can see images in a PDA.
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I design my pages with a max of 765..


unless it's liquid design, like the default x-cart.. but I don't like the looks at it.. so I changed the width down

Besides, even with people with disabilities.. if they can't see, then it'll still read the text to them what the alt= tag says..

people with cell phones and stuff.. it costs like 2 dollars minute for that crap..

and I don't see surfing with a pda will ever make it.. except for checking email

I don't design sites for pda or anything because the hits you would get from a pda are like .000004
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Old 09-24-2003, 09:38 PM
 
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I agree, I'm just thinking about forward and cross-compatibility. I am finishing up a complete CSS/XHTML rehaul of my big store which will accomplish that, so I suppose it's all in your priorities. I don't want to miss a sale if I can help it! I also know that google considers keyword spamming image alt tags as a no no.... and I'm not taking chances to get hit with the big fat PageRank 0 penalty!

Content is king with the search engines, and it's pretty hard to trick them these days without being caught quick and being sorry for a long time. Good optimization combined with good content produces excellent results!

(and BTW, I use my cell to surf sometimes, and it's not expensive at all. In fact, with Verizon, I can use my regular minutes as internet time---on weekends---yep, it's free )
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well, you have a good deal on internet rates with your cell..

I'm with firstcellular.. a local one around here.. I was with sprint.. and for like 2 minutes of internet time cost me 5 dollars.. I was like no way.

I'll stick with text messaging.. only 2 cents a piece.. works for me!

Good luck with your CSS/XHTML site, I'm happy for you, as I haven't learned xhtml..

and CSS/XHTML is the future of accesiblity.. so your site should do very well..

when it's done or if it's done, give me the link, I'd like to see it..
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Joshua,

I know that you're (for lack of a better term) playing devils advocate (this is a compliment) here and I (we) certanly appreciate a look at the potential cons of this mod.

X-cart already has the ability to place the product name in the alt tag. This mod only adds the appropriate category name to that tag. As far as users with images off seeing long lines of text, this is not the case (unless your cat names and product names are super long). By xcart default, the user would see "Widget" in place of the image. With this mod, they would see "Utilities Widget". This surly is not a long string of text.

Also, It's hard to say exactly what search engines consider as alt text spamming. I don't see this as spam because it's _relavent_ to the product and category. However, if the mod was set to trick or deceive by producing reslults like "FREE Cellphones Widget", where "Free Cellphones" is not related to "Widget" at all, then I could see a problem with spamming.

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Pipercub..

Great little mod. Just one question. I have put few bits of text with my images already. I pressume this will replace all those text already.
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Pipercub..

Great little mod. Just one question. I have put few bits of text with my images already. I pressume this will replace all those text already.

I checked your site and I didn't see any additional text associated with your product images (other than the default xcart alt text). Which images did you add alt text to? This mod only affects thumbnail images (as specified in product_thumbnail.tpl). Are you talking about other images on your site such as your logo image? I guess I'm a little confused.

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thanks, work great!
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I like this small modification ... Thanks!
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