Paul, > but why? what advantage/disadvantage is/are there? Primarily it's for accessibility -- both for users who rely on screen readers, and for user agents that don't display graphics or in which graphics display is turned off. You allow those users to better understand the content of your pages. There is also the added benefit that even users who have graphics enabled won't have to wait for the graphics to download before they can make an educated judgment about the content of the page -- especially helpful to users accessing over dial-up connections. Since the alt attribute is required by the HTML 4.x recommendation, I would also suggest that using it consistently is a mark of professionalism, though some might disagree. James Aylard P.S. - You would make a lot of Evolt's digest readers very happy by consistently trimming your posts.