request for advice from anyone who is vision impaired 

Heya folks,

I was just curious, what makes for a good image description

I typically try to just give context for an image without being too literal about every detail but I don't actually know if that is good or useful

Does anyone who makes use of image descriptions have any advice for what is most useful or things to avoid?

#accessibility

request for advice from anyone who is vision impaired 

@mal This, if you scroll down to "Let’s create the perfect alt-text!", is my favorite (the stuff before that is good but it's about websites so is less relevant to social media).
axesslab.com/alt-texts/

re: request for advice from anyone who is vision impaired 

@error_1202 @mal Oh! The "don't say it's an image/photo" was new to me. Good info.

re: request for advice from anyone who is vision impaired 

@Anke @error_1202 @mal YMMV, see https://framapiaf.org/@accessiblestef/102665147859249407

It's also good to be able to tell what type of media this is.
(I work with ill-sighted people and have written alt text for the best part of the last 15 years).

There is no one answer, sadly. We work with humans.

(And let's not start debating on longdesc, another story entirely, wide open to jakobsonian poetic interpretations) ;)

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re: request for advice from anyone who is vision impaired 

@accessiblestef @Anke @mal
It is true there's no one answer; people's needs (and access to software) are different. Our tastes are different too. I do think not saying the type of media is better, because the software tends to handle that better than alt text does.

P.S. In English, "ill sighted" is not the phrase to use; we visually impaired people use "visually impaired."

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