FAQ: Learn HTML - 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.

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Hey,

So I’m almost quite certain that this is a bug. I added the <img src="link" alt="A brown bear nonchalantly stares at you" />, but when I hit “Run”, it keeps asking me if I entered the alt attribute…
The right side panel where it displays the output of the code is all of a sudden blank (only shows http://localhost:8000 at the top) and doesn’t load any of the code. This just happens when I’m inside this URL. When I go back a lesson it works fine, but without being able to complete this lesson, I cannot even proceed to the next by just skipping this one.

Edit: Was able to skip this error by clicking on “Solution”

4 posts were split to a new topic: Should alt show up when hovering?

There’s a bug with this exercise. You can bypass it by clicking solution.

I believe you should always include an alt attribute even if it’s alt=" " for example if there is a description of the image, directly underneath it.

hey!
Just wanted to know what it means to put a # in src?
ex:- src="#"