[Athen] alt text for scanned images of book pages

Green, Melissa mfgreen1 at ua.edu
Fri Oct 4 07:09:57 PDT 2019

Happy Friday, ATHENites! ATHENians?

A campus partner has reached out to us with an alt text question, and we'd like to hear your thoughts. They host a digital humanities project, Mill Marginalia<https://millmarginalia.org/>, that centers around scanned images of book pages that serve to document notes taken in the margins. Here's an example: Institutionum Logicarum Libri Duo, Burgersdicius Franco<https://millmarginalia.org/library/FB-IL-1/1978>

How would you approach handling alternative text for such images? Do you think the function of the visual is described within the context or surroundings of the image itself? Are you aware of accessible approaches to similar projects that we might share?

Thanks so much, and happy Friday!

Melissa Green (she/her/hers)
Technology Accessibility Specialist
Center for Instructional Technology/Office of Information Technology
The University of Alabama<https://www.ua.edu/>
A204C Gordon Palmer Hall
Box 870346
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone 205-348-8548<tel:205-348-8548>
mfgreen1 at ua.edu<mailto:mfgreen1 at ua.edu> | http://accessibility.ua.edu<http://accessibility.ua.edu/>
[University of Alabama]<https://www.ua.edu/>

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