Silver

🔙 WCAG 3.0 (Silver) Guidelines (Text alternatives)

method

Method: Functional Images

Platform

  • All platforms that support HTML

Technology

  • HTML

Summary

It makes label (name) conveyed by non-text content accessible through the use of a text alternative. Text alternatives are a primary way for making information accessible because they can be rendered through any sensory modality (for example, visual, auditory or tactile) to match the needs of the user. Providing text alternatives allows the information to be rendered in a variety of ways by a variety of user agents. In the future, text alternatives will also allow information to be more easily translated into sign language or into a simpler form of the same language.

How it solves user need

  • People using screen readers: The text alternative can be read aloud or rendered as Braille
  • People using speech input software: Users can put the focus onto a button or linked image with a single voice command
  • People browsing speech-enabled websites: The text alternative can be read aloud
  • Mobile web users: Images can be turned off, especially for data-roaming
  • Search engine optimization: Images become indexable by search engines

Status

First draft

Change Log

  • {list of non-editorial changes by date}
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