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MS Word Alt Description - is this new?


From: John E. Brandt
Date: Oct 4, 2017 8:35AM

I was just preparing some training documents for a presentation on
accessible PDFs. Using the latest version of MS Word in MSO365, I noticed
that when I added an image/picture there was a space superimposed on the
image showing a "suggested Alt description." When I clicked on it, it
brought up a dialog box that says: "How would you describe this picture and
its contents to someone who is blind? (1 - 2 sentences recommended). Then it
gives that recommended Alt description (not very sophisticated, I might add)
which you can edit.

I've posted the screenshots in the following links.


This is new to me. When did Microsoft start doing this?

I suspect it is associated with MSO365 and is using some AI from the Cloud.
Will investigate further to see if it is in the Mac version and other MSO


John E. Brandt



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