How to Use Alt Text and Accessible Images to Create Maximum Reach

Images play an important part in media and advertising. They can be very effective in creating a mood or feeling and are great at emotionally connecting with people. Websites are no exception. However, not all users are able to see the images on a website or may need accommodations to do so.

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What on Earth Is WCAG? Web Accessibility Guidelines Demystified

One can't utter the words web accessibility without mentioning the WCAG guidelines. They are a great resource, but trying to interpret them to make your website accessible can be intimidating. Fortunately, there are some great accessibility testing tools, such as WAVE, that can point out the problems. Great! Except when you try to use it and turn on an accessibility testing tool in your browser, you instantly find a sea of red and yellow warnings. Here's a list of 10 ways to increase web accessibility across the board, before you start wading through all the nitty gritty details.

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7 Design Considerations for Accessibility  

Designing an attractive and highly functional website has a lot of important considerations, like whether users would intuitively connect more with turquoise or cyan, and whether it works with the branding. However, one often overlooked but important consideration is accessible design,  and since it's always easier to fix things that you uncover in the design process, it is best to consider accessible design upfront in the design process. Here are seven design elements to keep in mind when designing your website so it'll not only look great, but be easy to use for everyone.   

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What is Web Accessibility and Why You Should Care

Web accessibility is an inclusive design that ensures everyone can access your website, no matter their abilities. In the same way a ramp on the sidewalk makes sure someone in a wheelchair can get over the curb, having an alternative (alt) text on an image can make sure someone using a screen-reader can understand what the image conveys.

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Why We Use Drupal

Choosing a content management system is like choosing a set of building materials: it has ramifications for what you'll be able to create, how much it will cost and how well it will turn out.

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Required Alt Text for Images in Drupal

Drupal 7 gives us the option to include an 'alt text' for each image field. The alt text is used by screen readers or when the image file isn't available. For some organizations with lots of authors, it's hard to get everyone actually using this alt text field. So, sometimes you want to make it required.

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Installing the WxT-Drupal Distribution for Government

The Web Experience Toolkit distribution of Drupal (aka WxT-Drupal, wetkit, or wet-boew) is a version of Drupal designed for organizations with a bilingual and accessibility requirements. Specifically, it's designed for Canadian government and public organizations. It has built with support for English and French, and includes a theme that provides accessibility and responsive support.

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