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Images – Easier Way to add ALT Text

Images – Easier Way to add ALT Text

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  Idea open for vote Wed. July 6, 2016 - Wed. October 5, 2016  Learn more about voting...

 

When I upload my own image on a page it would be great to automatically have the Image Attributes display so that I can change the Alt text. The default ALT text, which is the file name, likely means nothing to someone who cannot see the picture. I imagine many users don’t know how important it is to take the extra step to change this label to something meaningful.

 

 

     

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13886 .

29 Comments
kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @lezonl2 ​ and thank you for submitting this idea!

While this can be accomplished in the HTML Editor, many faculty will not even open that. An easier way is necessary to promote accessibility.

While I did not find any current requests similar to yours, I did find a couple archived ones you might be interested in:

Because there are no current ideas similar to yours, I am recommending that your idea open for voting during the next period.

In the meantime, you can learn more about the voting process at How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

KLM

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. July 6, 2016 - Wed. October 5, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

ted_curran
Community Member

By default, Canvas auto-generates alt text from the file name. As long as instructors name their photos after what's in the image, it should be ok. However, I agree that there should also be a prominent form field to encourage them to enter it manually -- maybe with a quick explainer on why alt text is so important.

myanalunas
Community Member

With the intense focus on Accessibility in online courses making it so that the Alt text window opens as soon as an image is added would be a HUGE help!

Meg

GregoryBeyrer
Adventurer III

I agree. Some kind of additional information or prompt would make it more useful. It would also be nice if Canvas could attach the alt text to the image file's metadata so that if the image is reused elsewhere in a course the alt text will be there automatically.

cadatko
Community Member

Absolutely needed!

On a side note, if you use keyboard controls, ALT + K on PC (CMD + K on Mac?) pulls up an ALT text window for hyperlinks.

lezonl2
Explorer III

Great tip. I will give that a try!

rsmith10
Community Member

We should be able to edit an image and a hyperlinks attributes without having to switch to html view.

myanalunas
Community Member

Currently you can add Alt text to an image by clicking Edit, then click on the image, then the image icon in the Rich Content Editor. Add the Alt text in the window that opens.

It really would save time if that same window opened every time you add an image to the course!

tbunag
Community Member

This would really help in promoting good practices in using images in courses!  I hope it can get to 100.

tbunag
Community Member

I noticed some people down-voted this feature, but I don't know what the drawbacks could be.  Would any of you who down-voted be willing to share why you wouldn't want this to be a feature?  Perhaps there would be a way of implementing it that would meet your needs.

leturno
Learner

There may be a bug in the voting tool. It says 4 down votes. It also says "No one has voted against this idea".

I did not know if I had voted so I clicked on the up vote again and the vote went down.

I opened case 01605018 with support.

Scott Leturno

Moraine Valley Community College

mtuten
Adventurer

I don't know if there were down votes, but if there were, the only thing I can imagine being the cause is that they don't want the alt text to be entered from within the editor. Since the alt text isn't visible when the page is saved, some folks who aren't quite tech savvy (those who probably wonder why they require alt text or why they don't label the alt text field as Image description) may be unnecessarily confused by seeing the alt text in the WYSIWYG editor. They--or maybe I should be more accurate and say I--would prefer there being a pop-up or even something like what Google Docs has where a bar with a few simple tools appears below the image when the image is hovered on.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @leturno ​

We have a known bug filed with Jive support regarding a bug in the voting system.  It doesn't happen all the time, but once in a while it will count an up vote as a down Smiley Sad.  It is a good idea to watch the count when you click - as you did. 

ted_curran
Community Member

I can see why people would assume alt tags are confusing to people who

don't know what they are. I coach people in using Wordpress (which has a

field for alt tags) and people skip it because they don't grasp the concept

and don't get why they should.

If you implement a field for entering alt text, it might be nice to have a

tooltip next to it (like a icon) where people can read up on what alt

tags are for and why they're so important.

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 9:50 AM, rcarney@instructure.com <

ejp10
Community Member

It's not fair to ask instructors to add image ALT text, but then make them hunt for it in some "Advanced" view. It should be front and center at the time of insertion. Accessibility is as important as image size and alignment for digital content.

lezonl2
Explorer III

Any updates on this idea?

siouxgeonz
Community Member

Just another person wondering about this --

holly_smythe
Explorer II

Anytime someone adds an image they should be REQUIRED to add the alt text.  Also, the box where the alt text is added should not allow a period (.) to be inserted which would prevent a filename from being inserted instead of actual alt text.

christopher_phi
Adventurer

I wrote a discussion post today with some thoughts on the current way that Canvas adds alt text and a few ideas on how they might do it differently here: 

https://community.canvaslms.com/message/81973-alt-text-behavior 

Hopefully this is something that can be addressed soon!