Accessibility FAILS

I’m not sure who wrote the little inspirational statement below, but I like it! However, anytime I share pictures of text, the text is often un-readable to those who use screen reader software to access information. The second picture below shows the automatic alt text generated for this picture…it’s just “text”. So, if I share this without adding my own alt text OR retyping the entire thing as a description, a screen reader user will experience only that I shared some sort of picture that has words and is therefore described as ‘text’. 

Image may contain: text that says 'If they praise you, show up and do the work. they criticize you, up and do the work. If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work. Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way. Lead with passion. Fuel up with optimism. Have faith. Power up with love. Maintain hope. Be stubborn. Fight the good fight. Refuse to up. Ignore the critics. Believe in the impossible. Show up. Do the work.'Image may contain: text

This may not seem like that big of a deal, but as Kevin Carey wrote in 2007, “While everybody will have access to much more content in the digital age than at any previous time in history, the gap between VIPs [visually impaired persons] and their peers will inexorably widen even in terms of access to text. An increasingly multimedia society with the focus on the visual, however, will further widen the gap…Image-only content will have an incalculably high exclusion potential”

In actuality, the picture reads: “If they praise you, show up and do the work. If they criticize you, show up and do the work. If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work. Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way. Lead with passion. Fuel up with optimism. Have faith. Power up with love. Maintain hope. Be stubborn. Fight the good fight. Refuse to give up. Ignore the critics. Believe in the impossible. Show up. Do the work.”