Coming soon – Image description help

I’ve asked the folks at webaim for some good resources on adding alt tags and image descriptions. As soon as I get some good stuff, I’ll compile it into a blog post.

This stuff is all very interesting to me too, and when I have a guide dog, I’m going to be doing photos myself, so it’ll just be a good resource. I think spreading the word about accessibility to everyone possible, is a good idea too. I’ve got sighted friends all over the place now paying attention to accessibility stuff, so I think its great that the word is getting out there, even among novice programmers. Who knows who might have a site some day, where this stuff will be really important.

So, I should have a pretty informative post in the next few days, if not later this afternoon!

Thanks again to everyone learning this stuff. I know some of it is frustrating, but together we can all figure it out 🙂


Filed under accessibility, NaBloPoMo 2009, plugs, proud geek, techie tips

8 Responses to Coming soon – Image description help

  1. If you’re uploading pictures to Blogger it’s super easy to write the descriptions into the photos. In the mess of code that is your picture, there’s a part that says alt = and then a pair of quote marks. In between them you can write whatever you want. If it’s a picture of a muffin you can say this is a picture of a chocolate muffin. Not sure how it works if you’re hot linking from someplace like Photobucket or Imageshack, but I’m sure it can be done.

    Looking forward to the post on it, maybe I’ll learn something. I’d say the odds of that are pretty decent since I don’t really know much about anything.

  2. Ro

    I know someone mentioned before about adding the descriptions between the quotes, and I’m wondering if the problems people are having is because they’re linking to pics. So far I’ve got 2 good webpages and a good post. Hopefully this afternoon I’ll have time to compile it into a post. Its all pretty straightforward, but I want to have resources on hand since so many are jumping on the labeling bandwagon, thought I’d try and help. Plus, I’m a geek and I love it anyway haha

  3. I work for IT at a state agency, and we are required to make all the webpages we build Section 508 compliant. I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t made the effort on my blog until recently.

    I use HTMLDog and W3Schools for my references, plus the WebAim validator, although they’re not ideal if you’re just looking for a shortcut and don’t care to learn HTML.

  4. Ro

    Carin, I got the link from John, and my OCD is making me add it in my post, so I didn’t post it here 😉 Thanks!

  5. No worries. I was gonna email it to you, but I was afraid it would wrap again…so silly me put it here haha.

  6. Oh thanks for the assistance – that’s a great idea!!!

  7. Ro

    I’ve been compiling the info today and I think I’ve got some good stuff. today was absolutely crazy, so I’m gonna work on the post tomorrow morning. I tell ya, its so fun asking geeks for advice, because they all have different opinions, and I got educated in the fact that the term “alt tags” is not correct lol!!!

  8. Thank you – will look forward to this. I have SO much to learn in this area.

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