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Re: alt text for Facebook images


From: Morin, Gary (NIH/OD) [E]
Date: Jan 23, 2014 2:46PM

from what I can tell, you're not technically adding alt-text to the image but 'merely' giving it a caption, which 'could' serve the same purpose. But a caption and an alt-text aren't typically the same thing - could be the only way to make the best of a bad situation?

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From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD) [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:54 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] alt text for facebook images


I suspect you can't really tell if it's worked until you "publish". When I look at my timeline, the alt text for images is exactly the same as what people put as text. The value of having the same text twice is another issue! I couldn't find the information you were talking about on the page you gave, but I would suggest that that is the best place to ask.


Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Sandy
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:24 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] alt text for facebook images

hey all,

I am hoping to find you all in a "there's no such thing as a stupid question" mood.

I am trying to add alt text to a facebook banner and profile image.
According to FB I should be able to do this by adding a description to the photo that then becomes the alt text. I've been trying this approach and it just doesn't seem to take.

I've posted some screenshots of me trying to add alt text and what I end up with here http://sandyfeldman.com/fb/

Am I missing something really obvious? Is there somewhere else I should be entering this information?

Thanks for your help,