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Re: Writing good ALT descriptions


From: ejp10
Date: Jul 22, 2009 2:20PM

I think the sites given are good recommendations, but a good quick &
dirty tip I heard is to imagine you are reading the document over the
phone. I think it helps me understand functional vs aesthetic
information in a graphic.

For example if I see a university logo in a header, I figure I would
read the name of the university over the phone, but not describe the
details of the logo.

My two cents


On Jul 22, 2009, at 2:00 PM, <EMAIL REMOVED> wrote:

> From: "John E. Brandt" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Date: July 21, 2009 2:25:07 PM EDT
> To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Subject: [WebAIM] Writing good ALT descriptions
> Reply-To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> 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?

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