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A Test Post For Alt Text 2023-07-07


I recently saw a post on my Mastodon account about alt text. You see [pun intended], people with varying degrees of vision issues may their browser software to give them a text-based description of a photo rather than (or in addition to) displaying the photo itself. In fact, I think many folks may also setup software that will read the whole page for them, and of course such software would simply skip over an image which would mean they could be missing out on that content entirely. I setup alt text in my posts by simply putting an ALT tag in the code I use to make the web site. Anyways, this Mastodon post gave me some motivation to go back through my posts here and try to improve the descriptions in the ALT tags I have used on my photos.

A picture of my dog Merrygold sniffing around a snow covered trail that leads off in to the woods This text is the caption that shows up below my image.

Unfortunately when I started trying to improve my alt texts I found that Mozilla based browsers do not display a popup of the alt text in the way that I had hoped. So I made this test post and I am hoping that the person who posted the original Mastodon thread will be able to help me come up with a default way of designing posts so that they are as readable as possible. In this post, the file name of the image is mg-trail-snow.jpg, the title is "Mozilla sucks", the alt text is "A picture of my dog Merrygold sniffing around a snow covered trail that leads off in to the woods", and lastly the caption I put in to a CSS box around the image says "This text is the caption that shows up below my image".

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