Robert Beach, AT Specialist, Kansas City Kansas Community College
Disability Area: Topic Area:
Length of Session (in hours): 1-hr
Expertise Level: Beginner
Type of session: Not provided
Summary of Session
What do you say in alt text? What makes a good alt text description? We will explore how to describe various types of graphics and consider what to do when a description is not enough.
Graphics in electronic documents require text descriptions in order to be accessible, but how do you know what to say and how much to say? This session will consider the various possibilities for making graphics accessible. We will discuss the differences between alt text and descriptions, which is appropriate when, and how to use them effectively. We will offer guidelines on how to write a description. We touch on what to do when a description is not enough.
When to use alt text and when to use long descriptions
What information to include in alt text or descriptions
How to know when a description is not enough
Gaeir Dietrich is the director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges, located at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and a nationally recognized exert in the field of alternate media. Gaeir is a member of the advisory boards for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Bookshare, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), the Descriptive Leadership Network, and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. She serves as an expert to the board for the Access Text Network (ATN). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the national Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education.
Robert has been the Assistive Technology Specialist at Kansas City Kansas Community College since January of 1994. His duties at the college include managing all aspects of assistive technology, coordinating the production of alternate formatted materials, and acting as the assistive technology liaison to the community. He currently teaches the for-credit classes on assistive technology at both Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College.
He serves on the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project and is a member of both the Instructional Materials Accessibility Group and Technology Standing Committee for AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disabilities). He started ATMAN (Access Technologist’ Metro Area Network), which is a group of AT professionals in the Kansas City area.
Robert developed and oversees the alternate format production system for KCKCC.