Tuesday, March 01, 2005

appropriate alt text

One thing that people hear the most about in terms of web accessibility is that they have to have alternative text for the images that they put on their web sites.

This means that for every decorative bullet, color gif, spacer image, and photo a lot have developers have some type of descriptive alternative text. Which is not what they should be doing.

I then get asked often when is it appropriate to have certain types of alt text and where.

Webcredible has written a really good article, Writing effective ALT text for images. It is right on in the guidelines that it lays out for when to and not to use alt text for images.
But surely there can't be a skill to writing ALT text for images? You just pop a description in there and you're good to go, right? Well, kind of. Sure, it's not rocket science, but there are a few guidelines you need to follow...


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