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ALT text

(ALTernate text) On a Web page, a text description that can be added to the HTML tag that displays an image. The ALT text is displayed by the browser when the cursor is moved over the picture. If pictures are turned off in the browser, the ALT text is automatically displayed instead.
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Further, manual reviews of a small sample of those PDFs that had tags revealed that they did not have other accessibility features such as headings and alt text.
They have found that the three most common WCAG non compliances are incorrectly nested headings or heading structure not applied at all; links which are not sufficiently descriptive (ie: 'Click here' or 'More') and missing alt text or alt text which is insufficiently descriptive.
The simplest way to do this is to embed alt text into the HTML code for that Web page.
Trick 3: Search engines use the Alt Text behind pictures so,again,make this text search engine relevant: ``Our main products'' is useless compared with ``Widgets in stainless steel from Widgets R Us.
For the visually impaired using a screen reader, the picture would read "image" if no alt text is created.
Chapter 11 explains the why and wherefore of alt text.
To further expand EyeSpy's accessibility features, Web developers can incorporate recorded commentaries or Alt Text, enabling people with severely impaired vision to experience images online.
For example, the HTML image tag can include ALT text that describes an image and is read to the visually impaired.
The ALT text should use discrete lines, punctuation, and symbols denoting separation such as brackets to avoid confusion when two mutually exclusive images are side by side.
WebQA scans and checks a site for more than 100 potential problems and reports on issues such as broken links, spelling mistakes, slow pages, missing keywords and ALT text, orphaned files, and page quality.
In order to identify these elements to a screen reader, your site must provide ALT text, language that is associated with non-text elements that provides contextual meaning in cases in which users cannot see the graphic, in a manner similar to a tool tip in an application.