Thoughts on Accessibility Naming and Descriptions – Best Practices

Please note: not following these doesn’t result in failing a 508/accessibility test, it just makes the learning experience less than optimum for those using screen readers

Filling out the “Accessibility Name” Box: the screen reader already identifies what type of object it is automatically – so titling an image as “image: XXX” results in screen reader repetition (“Image. Image XXX.”). Unless you’re using this to call out a slide title or identify a specific, unique characteristic of the object essential to learning the content – it’s probably just clutter.

Filling out the “Accessibility Description” Box: Ask yourself a simple question; Is giving this object a description (or a name) essential to understanding the content being presented in the course, or is it simply a visual cue or  decorative element that aids a sighted learner in a way that is not applicable to a visually impaired learner’s methods?

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