There are vast numbers
of people on the Internet who aren't even using graphic browsers -- they see
text, and text only. All images show up as the stunningly informative [IMAGE],
or perhaps the equally evocative [INLINE] -- unless you have had the forethought
to include the attribute ALT="This is the cutest picture of a cat you never
did see." in your IMG tag.
EXAMPLE: If you are using a graphics browser and all is right with the world,
you see a picture of Myself and one of my Favorites. If you are using a text
browser, or one of the Internet's Immortal Imps has interrupted transmission,
chewed on and corrupted my image file, or some other imaginative trick, you
see the words "Thalia, with Guinness". The code for this reads
<IMG SRC="thalia.gif" height="144" width="164"
ALT="Thalia, with Guinness" ALIGN=right>
That image looks pretty funky, by the way, because I made it myself, years
ago when I was new to graphics. I've also used graphics displayed for downloading
by the people who created them, with a link back to the creator. I am cautious
about using graphics from "free graphic" collections or "snags"
sent around in emails, because many of those have been "snagged"
wiithout the copyright owner's permission. If it looks gorgeous, a human
being with an identity put a lot of effort into making it. Please find out
that identity and get permission before using it, even if a friend sent
you the file.