[community] Best Practices for Describing Art in Alt Text

Maria Carmen C. Cruz cruzinmc at gmail.com
Mon Nov 13 20:34:35 UTC 2017


Hi Andrea, I'm not an artist, but I am almost totally blind. I'll answer
this question the best I can, but other blind people may have different
opinions than mine. I guess it would be harder if you don't know the
artist's intent, but I'd suggest having as much detail about the images
possible, for example if you're talking about a picture of a person, the
style and color of what they're wearing, their facial expression, and what
they're doing. I hope this helps a little. Thanks, and take care.

Maria Carmen C. Cruz
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On Nov 13, 2017 3:02 PM, "Andrea Lamarre" <alamarre at uoguelph.ca> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I am wondering if anyone has come across best practices for describing art
> in alternative text? I can find many examples of best practices for
> alternative text in general but not for art specifically.
>
>
> I want to do justice to the art but I am not always sure what the
> intention of the artist was in creating the piece, nor am I always sure
> myself what the elements of the art piece are. I am trying to balance
> respect for artistry and respect for accessibility. My words about the art
> will necessarily be coloured by my own interpretation of the piece.
>
>
> Any thoughts would be very welcome.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Andrea
>
>
> Andrea LaMarre
>
> PhD Candidate, FRHD
>
> Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
>
> University of Guelph
>
>
> Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator
>
> ReVision Centre for Art and Social Justice
>
>
> alamarre at uoguelph.ca
>
> 519 993 6435
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