FAQ: Learn HTML Elements - Intro to HTML - Image Alts


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Hey there !
You say to leave the alt attribute empty if it’s not needed. Does an image need an alt attribute (even empty) or is it possible to put only src and no alt attribute ?
Thanks !


It’s basically meant for screen readers. If there is no alt attribute the reader reads the full url, which is annoying.


Ok, it makes sense. Thanks !


I’m having trouble figuring out how to correctly add alt image attribute description - to the following code.

Where would this alt image attribute go?

When I place this attribute below the image source, the image description appears inpage to the right of the image and NOT when I mouseover the image as I think it should be.

Thanks -

<img src="#" alt="A Brown Bear" />

The alt attribute goes right after the image’s src.


Hey there,

Maybe I am doing something wrong, but the alt text I wrote does not appear in the previewer.
Help me HTML guru’s, what am I doing wrong? Anyone had the same problem?