A Word About Images, Alt-Text, and ADA

My last post was about working with your website. Here I want to touch on the subject of adding images to your website.

Images and graphics on our web pages make the site more visually pleasing and also easier for people to understand the message on a page, in particular those with cognitive or learning disabilities. But images can pose a problem for people with visual impairments or the blind. Any institution that receives federal funding (and a public school certainly qualifies) is required to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Adding associated text to images and graphics is one way we can satisfy that requirement on our websites. Such text additions are known as Alt-text, or Alternative Text, a brief text description of the image embedded in with the website code for each image so that screen reader software for the disabled can interpret it and search engines can locate it.

In Catapult, Alt-text is also referred to as ADA Text. We have to add ADA text to every image we upload to the website.

The 3:30 minute video help from Catapult on this subject can be found here: https://goo.gl/GefJKo

Here's a short video from Melissa Oliver on adding Alt-text or ADA Text to Catapult.


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