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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility2016-05-19 04:21 am

Screenreader users: What should proper behavior here be?

Someone reported that the alt text for icons on the /icons page (for instance, https://denise.dreamwidth.org/icons) is behaving weirdly and labeling every image as "(Default)" when viewed. A bit of investigation has turned up that it has to do with how the function that generates the alt text is called -- it does weird things when it's not called in the context of a comment/post.

The coder who ran down the issue is looking for some guidance on how things should work to fix the problem, and one of the questions raised was: is the alt text even necessary in that context? Alt text for icons is formed by the icon's keyword + description, and all that information is right there with the icon anyway: it's displayed next to the icon, and (if I'm not mistaken) is read out immediately after the icon.

So, screenreader users: Is having the alt text for each icon read to you on that page helpful, given that it's immediately repeated afterwards, or is it annoying? Should we fix the bug so that each icon gets the correct keyword information in the alt text, or should we just blank the alt text (on that page alone, not everywhere!) so you don't have to hear it twice?
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[personal profile] lightgetsin 2016-05-19 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't have a strong opinion, but my immediate thought is that the alt has some value here in that not everyone knows how the alt text/description are put together, and having it all laid out like that with the icon/alt functioning as it normally would may be instructive.