The relevant parts of an image aren’t limited to the cold hard facts. Images can make you feel a particular way, and that’s something that should be made available to a screen reader user.
“Emotion matters” really changed how I think about writing alt textAlt text is a written description of an image posted online. Alt text can also be added to images embedded in digital documents (PDFs, Word documents, Google docs, presentations, etc).Alt... More. Léonie wrote a longer article on the idea, which I recommend readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and... More.Writing great alt text: Emotion matters – JakeArchibald.com
So just what is a decorative image? It seems to me that one person’s eye candy is another person’s emotional link to a website.
A good alt text can conjure up wonderfully stimulating mental images. A friendly smile is the same in print, photo or wax crayon. Whether you listen to an image or see it, the emotional response is the key factor, so why should we recommend that these emotion rich images should be given a null alt text and hidden from screen reader users?
Perhaps it’s time we introduced another group of images: Emotion rich images and encouraged the practice of providing descriptive alt texts for them. If people don’t want to listen to the alt text, they won’t. If people don’t want to pause and look at the image, they won’t. In either case, it’s good to have the choice.Text descriptions and emotion rich images – Tink – Léonie Watson
So much emotion is lost with conventional alt text wisdom.
- “One person’s eye candy is another person’s emotional link.“
- “It’s time we introduced another group of images: Emotion rich images and encouraged the practice of providing descriptive alt texts for them.”
That’s a welcome reframingWhen we successfully reframe public discourse, we change the way the public sees the world. We change what counts as common sense. Because language activates frames, new language is required... More of decorative images that we’ll apply going forward.
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