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🔙 WCAG 3.0 (Silver) Guidelines (Text alternatives)

Method: Images of Text


  • Any platform supporting HTML


  • HTML


Text alternatives for images of text makes information 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. For example, a person who cannot see a picture can have the text alternative read aloud using synthesized speech. A person who cannot hear an audio file can have the text alternative displayed so that he or she can read it. 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.


first draft

Change Log

  • 2020-09-21: Updated scoring.
  • 2020-09-12: Draft.
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