[community] Best Practices for Describing Art in Alt Text

Pina D'Intino pina.dintino at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 15:42:24 UTC 2017


The AODA clearly stipulates that they can't do that. I would definitely
escalate this situation.


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-----Original Message-----
From: community [mailto:community-bounces at lists.idrc.ocadu.ca] On Behalf Of
John W (personal)
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:32 AM
To: Caren Watkins
Cc: community at lists.idrc.ocadu.ca
Subject: Re: [community] Best Practices for Describing Art in Alt Text

to add to John's comment: when I asked about alternative formats at the show
I went to last week, I was offered a tour three hours later for an extra
fee. Disappointing indeed.

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:29 AM, John W (personal) <pickupwillis at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Caren, one possibility is that the show I'm referring to is a 
> visiting exhibit from Sweden, so thei reasoning may be that the ROM is 
> not wholly responsible for how it is put together. However, I am 
> writing to the ROM to express my concern that the institution should 
> be educating its partners around the world that here in Ontario we do 
> not mount shows that cannot be experienced inclusively by all patrons.
>
> I would like to cc my comments to the Senior Advisor - do you have a name?
>
> j
>
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM, Caren Watkins 
> <carenwatkins at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> 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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