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How can I index (SEO) a shortened HREF link?

Here is my predicament. I have a website the display the title of an event. Each event title is cut after a certain amount of characters and an ellipsis (...) is displayed. Google sees these links as "Vermont Maple..." and "Wine Blind Tas..." instead of "Vermont Maple Festival" and "Tastings at the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar", respectively. Does anyone have any suggestions so that I can fit the event title in the calendar while also inserting the correct title into search indexes? I would like to keep the calendar the same size. Here is my code:

Shorten the title if it less than 14 characters:
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  1. if (strlen($eventdata[$day]["title"][$j]) > 14) {
  2. $permtitle = trim(substr($eventdata[$day]["title"][$j],0,14)) . '...';
  3. } else{
  4. $permtitle = trim($eventdata[$day]["title"][$j]);
  5. }
Display the linked title:
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  1. $str .= "
  2. <h2><span class=\"title_txt\">
  3. ‣<a href=\"eventdisplay.php?id=" . $eventdata[$day]["id"][$j] . "\" onclick=\"javascript:openPosting(" . $eventdata[$day]["id"][$j] . "); return false;\">" . $permtitle . "</a></span></h2><br>";
Apr 30 '11 #1
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Anchor tags have a "title" attribute that you could place the unshortened title into. It may or may not help with the SEO but it would improve accessibility at the very least.
May 1 '11 #2
Thank you, Jking. I have read that the title attribute doesn't help with SEO, but I will take your comment into consideration.
May 1 '11 #3

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