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Re: Citing alt-text sources?


From: Mitchell Evan
Date: Aug 1, 2020 3:25AM

Hi Laurie,

Which direction is the citation? (1) Alt text on a website cites a source
for the alt text itself, or (2) An online or print article cites alt text
on somebody else's website as a source for the article.

For #1, here's a precedent:
"A citation is not needed for descriptions such as alt text that are
verifiable directly from the image itself..."
If you do choose to cite a source, then don't clutter the alt text itself.
Instead, provide the citation text through a separate description
technique, such as G74 (...text near the non-text content...)

For #2, I'm not aware of a style guide precedent, but it sounds like you're
asking in the right places.


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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Laurie Kamrowski < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Cc:
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> Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:49:32 -0400
> Subject: [WebAIM] Citing alt-text sources?
> Hi everyone!
> Does anyone know if there is a specific way to cite the information that
> you received to create the alt text of an image?
> I am also asking the APA style blog for input, and will post follow up here
> as well.
> Best,
> Laurie Kamrowski
> She/Her/Hers
> Accessibility Specialist
> Mid Michigan College