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Tip of the Week: Adding Alt Text to Your Online Images

Friday, September 22, 2006

  • Organization: Pro Bono Net

ALT TEXT is the text that pops up (usually in a small tan box) when the mouse pointer moves across a graphic. Why is it important? Visually impaired users accessing your site with a screen reader cannot interpret images that do not have Alt Text. Instead of viewing an image, these assistive browsers read the Alt Text to the user.

For those graphics built into the LawHelp template (topic icons, header & footer images), you'll find a field on the admin side that asks for Alt Text. If you are adding images to documents or other pages online using ActivEdit, don't forget to define Alt Text here too, in the dialog box field that appears after you've uploaded the image.

For help in applying Alt Text to your images, please email support@lawhelp.org.

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