Knowledgebase: Accessibility
Adding alt text in Wordpress (Faculty/Staff)
Posted by Erin Voss on 23 April 2013 09:01 AM

Alternative text ("alt-text") is descriptive text added to an image.  This text is read by special screen-reading software that describes the page to individuals who may have vision difficulties.

It is important to include alt-text (even if it is blank) for all images in order for your moodle site to be accessible.  See the Accessibility at Augsburg web page for information on writing good alternative text.

To add alt-text to an image in Wordpress:

  1. Log into Wordpress and select "edit" for the page that contains the image you want to add alt-text to.
  2. Click once on the image to select it. An "edit image" button and a "delete image" button will appear on top of the image.
  3. Click the "Edit image" button, highlighted in the screenshot below.

    Screenshot of selected image in Wordpress with Edit Image button highlighted

  4. Enter your alt-text in the "Alternative Text" field, highlighted in the screenshot below.

    Screenshot of Edit Image window

  5. Click the "Update" button to save your changes to the image, then "Update" again to save changes to the overall page.

(keywords: accessibility)
Last Modified: 2013/04/23

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