dice.camp continues floundering in the #AltText department.
Getting very fed up with #AltText on images which just replicates the main text of the post and says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the image it's supposed to be describing
One of the cool things I get by using Mastodon is that toots give me the chance to practice reading languages I've studied. Here I am motivated because the writing is small snippets on topics I'm interested in.
But the really big bonus comes from reading the alt text on those toots. Sometimes I read that alt text first, and then use the picture to check my comprehension.
So gracias, merci, and dank je wel for alt text!
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, so as good a time as any to start adding alt text descriptions when you post a neat picture. (In the web client, click on the "No description added" text at the bottom of your attachments).
It's encouraging to see so many people using Alt Text.
It is simple enough to do and helps so, so many here who do not see, or cannot see the same way the sighted do.
#AltText in the source document: https://climatenetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/ECO-2023.02.12.pdf
I am not any of these people.
I know that some people aren't friendly when they reach out to a poster who didn't include #AltText..
So it's not the ask itself, it's the hostility of some askers.
If we want people to include alt text, we can kindly share the steps needed. And when we see people being nasty toward someone who didn't include alt text, we can ask them to do better.
Maybe you are less amazed now.
#DollyParton responded to a Billboard reporter’s question during #BlackLivesMatter protests in #Nashville and elsewhere with “Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter?” I tried to put that in the #AltText , but could not edit it with the @Mastodon app. Where’s the Suggestion Box on this thing?!
@isomeme Seems like a great idea to me. It’s in the spirit of Fedi to be able to control your feed. The answer to every problem is filter, mute, unfollow, block, defederate, to control the experience you want to have. It makes sense to give folks who need or want AltText the ability to never have to interact with posts that don’t have it. It also becomes an incentive for people to use it, if they think swaths of people are missing their posts altogether.
I don’t think it should just be client-side, but should be in core Mastodon.
I get really frustrated and annoyed by images without alt text. It's such a small community-oriented act of kindness to supply alt text, yet so many people don't bother. I make it a fairly rigid policy not to interact with such posts, but it would be even better for my blood pressure if I could block/hide such posts entirely. Does any current client have this feature? Any reasons why it would be a bad idea?
If you are simply sharing photos, why would anyone follow you? For any type? Don't you have Google?
I'm not following someone with just #Cat photos, with no description or body of text. Is it your cat? How old is it? How many do you have? Are you a Russian Troll bot? I don't need you, I can find #Cat photos easily without you cluttering up my timeline with no #AltText or effort on your part.
#Caturday #Posts #EmptyPosts = #EmptyHead
I'm a little behind: If you knew me on Twitter, you know how I am, but my second account was smaller. I didn't want another huge account.
1) what is #AltText?
2) why bother?
3) reads post from visually impaired person explaining they can’t enjoy posts w/no alt text.
4) occasionally adds a few words to the alt text field
5) sees more advocacy for accessibility (hello mastodon!)
6) always adds descriptions to images, stops reposting images without alt text
7) starts reminding other people to add alt text
8) checks alt text before reposting to make sure that it’s descriptive and not something as basic as “a hat“
@FolksVelo: #AltText: Scene from a parking lot: Two slots occupied by hatchbacks. In between a slot filled with 42 folded #Brompton folding bicycles in various colors, nicely arranged in a 6×7 grid. There's the text "42 less cars" in the top left corner of the picture and also a Brompton logo in the bottom right corner.
I don't have the best temperament for birding b/c I like to keep moving. Always assume I'm missing something further along the trail 🤷♂️. If we've a decent # of eagle migrants like we did this past yr👇 I need to focus on more flight photos which is rough for me cause you have to patient. Unfortunately, it usually involves standing still on a bridge during a cold winter in Iowa too🥶.
Bald eagle atop its aerie. The locals that inhabited this large nest this year produced at least one chick that fledged. The nest appears quite old & very sturdy & I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same pair as the past 3 yrs.
I took this photo using a 750mm equivalent lens at a significant distance from the nest.
‼️Please don't approach or disturb active nests🚫.
A native spiderwort (Tradescantia genus, T. virginiana possibly) growing wild along Clear Creek. One of my favorite native wildflowers it can be found on trails and in gardens and public plantings.
Don't neglect to pick up your FREE Ticket!!!
Celebration of and Feature by Poet and Educator Norm MathMattox!
December 12th, 8pm EST
(#AltText Link Image shows three photographs of Norm in a triad arrangement. Norm is a Black man with freckles and gray hair, with a beard and mustache. He looks serious, but kind.)
I have Apple Music and I really like it…
But each year around the holidays, Apple half asses a response to Spotify Wrapped and just flubs it.
🔹 Why does this feel like I’m signing into my bank?
🔹 Why does it take so many steps and so many redirects to get anywhere?
🔹 Why am I just staring at a spinner with no indication of if anything is working or not?
Apple usually does so well at these things but this is just… bad. And it’s year after year too.
Apple - just copy Spotify Wrapped already and move on.
What a great essay about the joys of including #AltText with images! It helps with #accessibility, of course, and it also can be fun!
h/t @arjunbasu who shared a different pro-AltText piece that had this one linked in it. :-)
@botwiki I know it's too early to judge, but my hunch is telling me that this poll will show that most sighted people don't trust the results of computers describing images, but blind/visually impaired folks have to rely on these tools.
So, maybe this could be the motivation to start adding alt text to your pictures?
Forgot the #alttext so adding it here: Two pictures are included. On the left is a picture of a museum case with two small wooden hands. These are clapping sticks used in Egypt sometime between 1550-1307 BCE. The second picture is a child’s hand holding a plastic toy. The toy is a stick with plastic hands on the end. When shaken, the hands make a clattering noise.
@praetor Hypothetical comparison of different ways someone might describe the same photo:
"My dog Spot." Tells you what it is, but doesn't describe the image.
"A brown & white terrier looking up at the camera." Describes the image, but not why you should care (unless that's already in the main post).
"Spot, a brown & white terrier, staring up at me with Oscar-worthy puppy dog eyes next to the crumbs in his food bowl." Gives you the information, but also the feeling & purpose.
How do you write alternate text for a work with visual artistic merit? Canada's Literary Image Description (LID) Best Practices Guide can help.
The wonderful thing about squirrels is that they don't automatically run away from you. Sometimes they freeze in place either out of curiosity or to keep an eye on you & to make you aware that they see you or to avoid predators or some combination thereof. One of the few wildlife subjects I encounter that will stay perfectly still while you photograph them, lol.
Reminder that #AltText for images should always include all the text that appears in the image. Even if users use the "detect text in image" function, the results are often garbled. AltText is kind of pointless if all it says is something like, "Joke about AI" but doesn't tell you what the actual joke is.
With #AltText, quoting Anna Muzychuk:
"In a few days, I'll lose two world titles, one after another. Because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. I refuse to play by special rules, wear abaya, be accompanied by a man so I can get out of the hotel, so I don't feel like a second-class person.
"I will follow my principles and not compete in the fast chess and blitz world championship where in just 5 days I could have made more money than with dozens of other[...]tournaments...
(more in AltText)