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Re: Writing good ALT descriptions


From: Mills, Teresa
Date: Jul 22, 2009 2:00PM

I point people to the following resources:

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).



Related Information

Creating Accessible Graphics (WEBAIM)

Appropriate Use of Alternative Text

Describing Illustrations, Diagrams, Maps, Tables, Charts, and Graphs

Guidelines on alt texts in img elements

Example of D link

-----Original Message-----
From: November Samnee [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 2:37 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Writing good ALT descriptions

I've pointed developers to WebAim's coverage of Appropriate Alt
Text<http://www.webaim.org/techniques/alttext/>;many times. It has
many good working examples, though their screen reader
survey results may indicate that users really do want "photo of George

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM, John E. Brandt < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I am looking for a good resource to point people to who have questions
> about
> writing good ALT descriptions. I could write one myself - well it would be
> my opinion and not necessarily "good" in the eyes of everyone - but I would
> rather have something that has been out there for a while, is mainstream
> and
> generally well respected. It does not have to be long - in fact, I would
> prefer something brief - and it should be fairly easy to understand.
> Any suggestions or nominees?
> ~j
> John E. Brandt
> Web Design, Development, Consultation
> Augusta, Maine USA
> <http://www.jebswebs.com>; www.jebswebs.com
> 207-622-7937