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    Repetition in Alt Attributes

    If I use an in-line unordered list as the basis for a very simple menu, do I risk any SE duplication penalty for a construction like this:

    <div id="menubar">
    <li><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /><a href="index.htm">Home</a></li>
    <li><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /><a href="news.htm">News</a></li>
    <li><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /><a href="editorial.htm">Editorial</a></li>
    <li><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /><a href="about.htm">About</a></li>
    <li><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /><a href="contact.htm">Contact</a><img src="menu.gif" alt="Bullet" /></li>

    The menu.gif is always a very simple graphic used as a separator between items in, and as end stops to, the menu.

    It is the assignment of the same ”Bullet” value to each of the alt attributes that concerns me.

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    I'm not sure why you're setting alt text to "Bullet" on those... I would set alt text to either none or "[Bullet]".
    Anyway, it's probably better that you use CSS to make the image "menu.gif" be the line-item bullet rather than including your style element in your structure and content document (html), thus removing the problem entirely as a text-only browser will just display its standard bullet (and I suppose a voice reader would read what it normally does when coming across a line-item).
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    Repetition in Alt Attributes Web Design Lobby. ... It is the assignment of the same ”Bullet” value to each of the alt attributes

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    I don't think that it will do you any harm, many websites have repetitive alt attributes, some not even considering it.

    I've seen quite a lot of sites simply having "image" as alternative text, and considering it, i do think it makes more sense then having empty alt attributes.


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