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[Solved] Any Alt TextTips or Tricks Out There?  

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Leah Shaull
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29/01/2020 11:06 am  

Alt text is something I am constantly spending time on to get right, yet I am still left feeling as if its not perfect. Is it more important to describe the message and story the picture is meant to portray or to describe the physicality of the subjects and setting of the image?

Another problem I have run into is the limited amount of alt text websites (specifically social media sites) allow. Linked In has a 120 character limit, that's practically nothing! I feel like it takes more than two to three sentences to adequately describe an image but maybe I'm wrong?

If anyone has any tips, tricks, rules-of-thumb, or major pet peeves when it comes to alt text, I'd love to hear it!


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 Anonymous
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07/02/2020 2:03 pm  

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) maintains a list of helpful tips for writing alt text for images. The first tip about imagining how the text you're adding would be read by screen reader where the image is placed is the one I usually go by. E.g. If you have an image placed at the start of a paragraph, then you might phrase your alt text one way, but the same image placed at the end of the same paragraph could have slightly different alt text. Also, if you find that you need much more text to describe the image, then you're better of doing so in the content than in the alt text of the image as that description may be useful to others as well.


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Leah Shaull
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10/02/2020 10:23 am  

@poorgeek Thanks so much for the clarity, Justin! I had never even thought about the difference between placement of the image! I have bookmarked that link and will be referring to it often!

 


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