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Proper use of the ALT tag

A Look at the Proper Usage of the alt Attribute

  3 MIN READ  |     194 views  |     18 May 2020

By now, most of the web design industry knows the importance of accessibility. We talk about it incessantly and implore our clients to take it seriously. There is no denying the impact it has on the web and those who use it. But sometimes the finer points get lost in the shuffle. For instance, we often hear screams from the virtual mountaintop of “Use alternative text on your images!”. This is good and well-intentioned advice. Still, it’s also a bit vague. While it’s good to know that the alt attribute can be beneficial in terms of accessibility, what we really need is context. What is the right way to use them? Are there times when we shouldn’t use them? These questions were inspired by a Twitter conversation I followed between designers and developers. It helped me realise that I’m not the only one out there who sometimes struggles with how to build websites that do right by users. Today, we’ll attempt to clarify the proper usage of this vital attribute.
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Web Accessibility 101: Designing for All People, Not Most

  5 MIN READ  |     90 views  |     8 May 2020

Web design is about accessibility. Most web designers aim to create products for the largest swath of people within their audience, casting their designs out like gaping nets to yield them the greatest influx of users. And while there’s logic to that design principle, it overshadows a somewhat simpler and more inclusive principle: Design for all people, not most.

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