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The resources on this page will help you make your image content accessible through the creation of relevant, comprehensive, and succinct alternative text (alt-text) and long text description. For the best accessibility practices around authoring alt-text, please check out our Best Practices for Writing Alternative Text.
To learn more join us for our Authoring Awesome Alt-Text Workshop. Our Schedule can be found on our Events and Workshops area.
In Canvas, the file name is the default ALT text which is usually inaccessible, but if you change the file name to the ALT text, it will always be inserted when the image is placed into Canvas content. This first option should be used for images you will not use more than once (repeating images generally means you will need to adjust the Alt-Text to reflect the shifting context)
Add or Edit ALT Text in Rich Content Editor. This option is best for images whose Alt-Text needs to be adjusted for the nuanced contexts of a course/module.
The following steps explain how to place Alt-Text on a photo and provides some guidance to the content of the text.
You have now completed adding Alt-Text to a photo.
Long Descriptions are written descriptions of visual content. While all visuals/visuals need to be referenced in the context of the source, additional information needs to be added to ensure all students can understand and reference the image. Since Alternative Text is limited to 125 characters, there are times when you will need to provide a long description to fully explain the visual element.
Before writing a long descprition, be sure you have presented the visual in the larger context of a document, presentation, or web page.
The following are instances when you would consider Long Descriptions
Congratulations, you can now add Long Descriptions to visuals.
Memes have become a part of culture and communication both online and off. Due to their visual nature, memes present major accessibility concerns for students who are blind or have low vision. While memes are usually considered unessential and solely for humor, their use often builds connections within the learning community; therefore, those who cannot glean the full meaning often feel left out. However, there are ways of making memes more accessible. .
The following are PDF versions of the Accessible Image guides.
If you have a question that is not answering through the content above, please contact the Instructional Accessibility Group via email at: [email protected].