[community] Best Practices for Describing Art in Alt Text

Caren Watkins carenwatkins at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 15:23:21 UTC 2017


I'm wondering what happened to the position of Senior Advisor, Inclusion at
the ROM? Johanna Contreras, the accessibility advisor at the ROM spoke at
the Accessibility Conference in Guelph a couple of years ago and the
museum seemed
to be heading in a very good direction!

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:52 AM, John Willis <pickupwillis at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am afraid I have no expertise in this area, except as a user of
> alternative text - and I hope once these best practises are identified we
> can all send them to the Royal Ontario Museum, where the current show on
> Viking culture is an  apalling example of non-inclusive Design: very text
> heavy, no audio, no tactile, no braille. Really shocking for a publicly
> subsidized institution
>
> Good luck Andrea, your work is very important!
>
> John D. Willis
> Design & innovation in Public Services
>
>
> > On Nov 13, 2017, at 15:02, 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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