New! Ally: Add Image Descriptions: Use the Ally tool in Canvas to find images that need alt text and to add alt text or mark images as decorative.
WebAIM Techniques: Alternative Text: Training document on best practices for using images and creating alt text.
Microsoft: How to add alternative text: Guidance from Microsoft support website on adding alternative text in Office products.
This is an overview of the elements that require special consideration when using images. Please review one of the Additional Resources for detailed instructions on any of the following:
Infographics are often flat images that contain an abundance of both text and visual information. Therefore, they need special accessibility considerations. See the Infographics page of this LibGuide for more information.
Use these resources to assess whether your documents are accessible:
POET Training Tool Examples: Walk through six general guidelines for image descriptions followed by specific guidelines for more complex images like diagrams, art, graphs, maps, and more.
Images, like "Migrant Mother", can help students make contextual and powerful emotional connections to course content that might otherwise seem irrelevant. Historical events gain a human face that help students make connections to current situations. This photograph is freely available from the Library of Congress.
This diagram of a plant cell can convey information more efficiently and effectively than text. Images like charts, diagrams, illustrations and graphs can support understanding of large complex systems and data more clearly and easily than text.
The infographic above is complex and contains a great deal of text. The long description for the image conveys the main parts of the infographic because the details are not necessary to understanding the infographic in this context. If the purpose of the infographic was to convey the details, a full description and reconstruction of the embedded text would be necessary.
The example image above demonstrates the use of alt text and one model of how to include long description for a complex image.
*Images from UDL On Campus by CAST is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License