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2 11, 2017

3 Tips for Writing Terrific Alt Text Descriptions

By | 2017-11-02T17:11:21+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Alternative Text|0 Comments

Alt text, or alternative text, is one of the critical components of good content design. For those newer to the topic, alt text sometimes is referred to as alt attributes, alt descriptions, or alt tags. Great instructional designers, course developers, and content writers keep the audience in mind as they develop content- and that includes associated images! Why is alt text important? Screen Readers Individuals relying on screen readers will use the alt attribute so they can interpret visual information as well as text. A lot of thought goes into the decision to use particular images- and that effort should continue over onto the alt text design to convey meaning effectively. Imagine reading a course question about a map showing a geographic location. Without a well-written alt text description the user is left wondering and unable to access all of the course content. Unloaded Image Files If an image file cannot be loaded the user is also left to wonder what information and context might have been provided by the broken image link. Indexing Alt text [...]