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508 Compliance Tips

Adding this information to images and links provides invisible descriptions of images/links which are read aloud to blind users on a screen reader. Adding this information text allows authors to include images/links, but still provide the content in an alternative text based format. If no ALT tags are provided, then a screen reader would only be able to say "IMAGE" or perhaps provide a file name.

It's important to not only provide an ALT tag, but also provide one that is useful in the context of the document. You may not need to include every artistic detail, and you may be able to skip over purely decorative images, but those that contain critical information need to have it spelled out in the ALT text.

IMAGES

1. Login to your website
2. Create your new page or go in to an existing page/block
3. With images already placed on your page(s), select on the first image you want to work with
4. Click on the "Image" icon in the text editor
5. In the "Image Properties" window, select the "Advanced" tab at the top
6. In the "Advisory Title" field, enter a brief description of the image
7. Go back to the "Image Info" tab
8. In the "Alternative Text" field, enter a similar or the same description for the image
9. Click "OK"
10. Save your page/block

LINKS

1. Login to your website
2. Create your new page or go in to an existing page/block
3. Add the text for the new link or highlight the text of an existing link
4. Click on the "Link" icon in the text editor
5. In the "Link" window, select the "Advanced" tab
6. In the "Advisory Title" field, enter a brief description of the link (file name, purpose, where it links to); if it opens in a new window, be sure to mention that as well
7. Click "OK"
8. Save your page/block 

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  1. Nicole F

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