Alternative texts and long descriptions

Alternative texts

An alternative text is a concise description that you can add to an image in accessible mode with isEazy Author to convey the key information provided by that image for those taking up your course.

This text, also known as Alt Text attribute in html, will make the images throughout your course perceivable and understandable by people with different needs and disabilities.

Remember that the importance of images in a course can go beyond aesthetics or making content more attractive, as they can help to facilitate their understanding. Thanks to screen readers, for example, alternative texts can be read aloud or translated into Braille.

Consider whether the images you add at each point are informative and require an alternative text or are merely decorative and, therefore, do not need to be inserted. In each case we will remind you of the possibility of adding the alternative text.

To know whether your image is informative or decorative, you can refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG):

How to add alternative text with isEazy Author

When you have set the accessible mode for your project in the Project Settings you will see a series of new fields where you can add the alternative text with the following associated symbol:

We will remind you in each case that there is a possibility to add an alternative text with the following notice:

"Content images should have an alternative description. You can dismiss this alert and leave the field blank for decorative images."

If you add it, instead, you will see the following message:

"All right! Your content is more accessible now".

The long description

This is a long and detailed description of a complex image in case the alternative text does not provide sufficient detail.

This type of description will also be useful to facilitate understanding for people with learning difficulties or limited vision, for example.

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