Re: Screen Readers and Complex Graphics

Subject: Re: Screen Readers and Complex Graphics
From: Gregory P Sweet <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>
To: "Blount, Patricia A" <Patricia -dot- Blount -at- ca -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 13:06:28 -0400

Patricia,

Ohh! Ohh! I just learned this at a NYS Forum accesibility class!

You want to use the longdesc attribute for the IMG tag. It allows you to
link to a flat text file that is accessible by screen readers. It allows
for unlimted text to describe what's going on in an image.

e.g., <IMG title="foo jpg" alt="A digram of typical network architecture
for foo application" longdesc="foo_long_desc.txt" src="foo.jpg">

Cheers!

Greg

techwr-l-bounces+gps03=health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com wrote on
05/01/2008 12:47:46 PM:
<trimmed />
> Good afternoon, all,
>
> Has anyone had any experience writing for 508 Compliance?
>
> (For our international colleagues, Section 508 refers to the US
> Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandates (partly) that all
> information be developed so that it is accessible to people with
> disabilities.)
>
> Specifically, I am struggling to write "Alt-Text" descriptions for
> complex graphics that go beyond "Graphic of product architecture" so
> that visually impaired people using screen readers will get more than
> "Oh, here's a graphic and another one..."




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Screen Readers and Complex Graphics: From: Blount, Patricia A

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