Trying to add text over picture backdrop

Posted on 2005-04-12
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Basically I have created a shell template for my brother's web site but I am very new to this.   I have a gif that I am using as the background and I want to add text over the top that would be searchable by the various search engines.  I am using Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Adobe Photoshop CS.  I know I can created a text layer over the background image but from what I've read that becomes a gif image itself and the search engine bots wont read it .  

First, is this true?  If so what is another way to accomplish this text task.

Question by:rngrfan
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trailblazzyr55 earned 1000 total points
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Search engine's read meta tags, as well as page text.
here's a reference for you to look at regarding meta data.


Why don't you add the gif image as a table background or page background, then you can type over it all day long.

<td background="yourwebfolder/images/image.gif" height="45" width="45">

or simply

<td background="yourwebfolder/images/image.gif">

You can also add background="yourwebfolder/images/image.gif" to table as well. Just depends on where you want it. :o)

<table background="yourwebfolder/images/image.gif">



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ID: 13768835
trail that worked great.  Thanks.

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ID: 13768974
trail i do have one minor problem.  The text starts at the very edge.  I have a paragrah that it justified.  Is there an easy way to maybe move it in an inch or so
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Yeah there sure is

If you want to add a space to anything on the page put this infront of it in the html &nbsp;

you can put as many as you want to get the right spacing ie. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

remember though tables have properties that will align text though

valign= is for veritcal allignment Ie.. <table valign="middle" align="center"> puts anything in this table smack dab in the middle like a target.

valign attributes are:     middle, bottom, top
align are:       left, right, and center

align= horizontal allignment

You can also use <BR> to like a return button, makes the sentence go to the next line down.

if you put in your html this:

 This is test text This is test text This is test text This is test text<br> This is test text This is test text This is test text

it will look like this when you view the page

 This is test text This is test text This is test text This is test text
 This is test text This is test text This is test text This is test text

Hope that helps! :o)


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