WebAIM: Alternative Text

Alternative Text

Article Contents

  • Introduction
  • Alternative Text Basics
  • Context is Everything
  • Functional Images
  • Decorative Images
  • Advanced Images
  • Form image buttons
  • Image maps
  • Image slices
  • Background images
  • Logos
  • Complex images
  • Figure and figcaption
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction

    Adding alternative text for images is the first principle of web accessibility. It is also one of the most difficult to properly implement. The web is replete with images that have missing, incorrect, or poor alternative text. Like many things in web accessibility, determining appropriate, equivalent, alternative text is often a matter of personal interpretation. Through the use of examples, this article will present our experienced interpretation of appropriate use of alternative text.

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