[Athen] Complex images, alternative text, and WCAG 2.0 (AA)

Mark Weiler mweiler at wlu.ca
Thu Sep 20 17:54:28 PDT 2018

Hi Iza,

Really appreciate the resources. Good tips and descriptions. I've added them to a design presentation

The best examples of techniques living on a real page that I've seen are from Canada:


(see Chart 1, chart 2, etc.).

Can an Australia government page top it? (Friendly challenge of goalball :-)


(team Canada ;-)

Mark Weiler, WAS, MLIS, PhD
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Hi Mark,
I can recommend these articles by Dey Alexander, 4 Syllables:

Long descriptions for images - part 1<https://4syllables.com.au/articles/long-descriptions/>
In this article, we look at the role of long descriptions for images, why you need them, and how to implement them.

Long descriptions for images - part 2<http://4syllables.com.au/articles/long-descriptions-2/>
Long descriptions are text alternatives for complex or detailed images. In this article we look at how to write them by considering some examples that include charts and graphs, maps and plans, infographics, diagrams and technical drawings.

Writing text alternatives for maps<http://4syllables.com.au/articles/text-alternatives-maps/>
When you use images of maps on your website you need to provide text alternatives. Text alternatives help people access your content when they cannot see or use images. This article discusses how to write text alternatives for simple and more complex maps and provides some examples.


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Does anyone have some examples of techniques for including complex images (e.g., floor plans, diagram) into web pages in a manner that meets WCAG 2.0 (AA) success criteria? I'm familiar with the example techniques described for meeting success criteria 1.1.1 (situation B) in the How to Meet WCAG 2. (Quick Reference)<https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/#text-alternatives>. I'm familiar with the Diagram Center<http://diagramcenter.org/> but am hoping to have a few examples to study.

Best wishes,

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