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Re: alt text


From: Poore-Pariseau, Cindy
Date: Jun 27, 2013 11:36AM

by developer

following is a link to the image I am trying to get ITS to add alt text to, but am told this cannot be done because it is being loaded onto a CMS


Given the purpose of the image, it is essential that a screen reader be able to read the image.

Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D.
Bristol Community College
Coordinator of Disability Services
Office of Disability Services, L115

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [ <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of McMorland, Gabriel [ <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] alt text

How is the image placed on the CMS, by a developer on the back-end, or uploaded by a user on the front-end?

We're using blackboard CMS to host online courses and found a non-technical challenge with alt-text for images. Many course activities ask students to upload an image to a discussion board or wikki, but the image will not have alt-text unless the students add it when uploading the image. The students don't know to do this unless we ask them.

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Carol E Wheeler
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] alt text

On 6/27/2013 12:53, Poore-Pariseau, Cindy wrote:
> Is there a known problem with inserting alt text for an image when the image is placed on a CMS?

I think that depends on which CMS and what constitutes a "problem." In Convio's CMS while you can insert alt text when uploading an image to the system, it is only used in rare applications within the system. When I use an image in a Web page, even when inserting it using the system, I must still enter the alt text manually in the HTML.

-- cew

*Carol E. Wheeler*

Web Co-ordinator
American Institute for Cancer Research
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Washington DC 20009

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