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Lydia Thorne Post 1

10 June 2018, 1:39 AM

OER Photo

Hi everyone,

I uploaded an image that I've used on the discussion forum here before to Flickr using a CC BY SA 2.0 license.

This is a decorative image, so according to the BC Open Accessibility Toolkit I actually would not need to add alt-text in this case. By leaving the alt-text field blank, this signals to the user that there isn't any contextual content worth noting and to move on.

However, if I were to include alt-text it would go something like this...

A wooden boardwalk in a marsh surround by silver birch trees. It is daytime and the skies are the same colour as the surrounding birch trees -- grey.  Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be, and I'm sure it could be better.

  • I tried to keep my description short and to the point
  • I tried to leave out redundant information that would likely be included in the text (i.e. the location of the marsh/Sackville Waterfowl Park or the date that the photo was taken)
  • I also tried to leave out unnecessary information (i.e. 'this is a photo of', 'here we have a photo of')


Today's lesson was really informative, thank you. I'm ashamed to say that I'm usually pretty bad at remembering to include alt-text for images in my presentations, on my blog, while sharing graphs in reports etc., etc. So will try to be more inclusive while creating materials in the future- from the get go. 


Joanne Kehoe Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 June 2018, 3:47 PM
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Lydia Thorne Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 2

14 June 2018, 12:01 AM
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