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Have you identified which images are meaningful and which images are decorative in mockups?

Why it’s important: Carmen’s page didn’t load all the way and didn’t get to download the images.

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Amanda is blind and uses a braille reader to understand the content of images.

John is looking for information with a search engine and needs help being directed to the right content (descriptive alt tags will improve search).

Steps to take

  • Images that are purely decorative shouldn’t be announced by the screenreader, work with your front-end developer to make sure they’re coded correctly.
  • Images that have meaning should include alt text and possibly a longer description, work with the content designer on your team to create these.
  • Making sure any text in images of text is at least 14 points and has good contrast.

WCAG 2.0 references