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Re: Screen Shots and A11y

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From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Sep 26, 2012 5:28PM


Personallhy, as a screen reader user, I think trying to make screen
shots accessible at this stage, at least through alt text, would not
do me any good. I don't "see" the screen and I don't know how the
screen reader would interact with the page once it is ready from a
screen shot. So I vote for this being simply a link to a screen shot
(would not hide it, in case screen reader users want to print it, show
to colleagues or something else), but I would find this type of info
superfluous granted that as detailed a description as possible of the
spage functionality is in the text.
-B

On 9/25/12, David Ashleydale < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi,
>
> My web site often has screen shots of pages as an introduction to some new
> functionality, in addition to describing the functionality in the
> accompanying text. The screen shots are meant to familiarize users with how
> the service might look if they were to sign up for it. However, this is
> very visually-oriented. I don't think there's even a very practical way of
> describing a screen shot in ALT text. Or at least, ALT text wouldn't
> provide the same purpose as the screen shot, which is specifically to show
> the user what it will look like.
>
> Would screen shots be considered "decorative" and therefore be given null
> ALT text? Or should there be a completely different strategy that would
> take the place of a screen shot for users that are unable to see it?
>
> Thanks,
> David Ashleydale
> > > >