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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Making Your Blog More Accessible--Writing Alt. Text

Writing Alternative Text
If you're an author, then you should be adept at writing description, so writing alt. text should be a piece of cake.  :)  Just keep in mind what you'd want to hear read back to you.  
  • Avoid making descriptions too long (it's an image description not a novel). I write that, and then my example, of course, is long. ;) If it has to be long, it is what it is, but if you can condense the description, I'd suggest doing so.
  • Describe objects in the foreground and the background (is the season shown on the book cover, for example, fall leaves).  
  • Describe any text in an image.
Example
Author Dora Hiers graciously allowed me to use the cover of her excellent romantic suspense novel, Journey's Edge, as an example for writing an alt. text description. 
A woman's face is shown in the background. A ledger is shown in the midground. In the foreground, a young girl stands amidst a field of flowers, while a man watches her and holds a knife behind his back. Also, text on the front cover is as follows: When your daughter is kidnapped, can you trust her safety to the one man you swore to never trust again?
Title: Cover of Journey's EdgeAlt. Text: A woman's face is shown in the background. A ledger is shown in the midground. In the foreground, a young girl stands amidst a field of flowers, while a man watches her and holds a knife behind his back. Also, text on the front cover is as follows: When your daughter is kidnapped, can you trust her safety to the one man you swore to never trust again?

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