in the following code what does the alt="whatever" do?, i know everything but that.(i hope the code didnt go straight as html.)
<IMG SRC="C:\jack\webpage\the_bar2.bmp" width="120" height="384" USEMAP="#bar" BORDER="0" alt="Control Panel">
Old browsers used not to show images, then you cn display an alternative text describing the image for the poor guy who's browser does not show it.
Nowadays almost all browsers show images, but the tag is recommended to further describe the image.
You put your mouse cursor over the image,s wait a half second, anf a text pops up showing that "whatever" tag says.
Look at an example: put you rmouse over that little house at the top left corner of this page, (do not click!) and you'll see "DevShed Forums"