Level Up Your Alternative Text

Presented at 8:00am in Matchless on Thursday, January 1, 2023.



  • Christine Foushi, Digital Operations Manager, Content Industries
  • Andy Hector, Chief Engineer, Content Industries

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Creating or remediating alt text got you down? Alleviate the frustration and simplify your work life.


Every reader deserves to be able to read quality content or have it read to them, including images, which is why adding quality and good alt text is important.

As an organization serving readers of all ages and abilities, it is our responsibility to provide quality content, but what if you hit a roadblock and need to create or remediate alt text?

Are you converting your ePub to Word and then back? Are you "expanding" your ePub and search through endless .xhtml files for the image and writing the alt text before "zipping" it back to ePub? Are you using the browser-based tool ePub.Tools to load your ePub and create/remediate alternate text within context?

If your answer is yes to either of the first two, and no to the third, then this session is for you. Content Industries returns to AHG to validate ePubs for accessibility AND help alleviate the pain points of creating/remediating alternative text. We might even throw in adding long description capability and some AI! Who knows ... you'll have to find out!


  1. Alleviating roadblocks to arrive at quality alternate text.
  2. Work smarter not harder -- utilize effective and efficient workflows and tools.
  3. ePub.Tools aims to meet the needs of its users.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, EPUB Track, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christine Foushi

Christine Foushi is Digital Operations Manager for Content Industries. Returning to AHG for the second year, she's excited to continue connecting and learning aboutthe world of education and accessibility. A self-proclaimed publishing nerd, Christine is a journalist by trade, has worked within the higher education technology and publishing industry for the last 20 years. Ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all is her passion not only in her career, but within her community and personal life.

Andy Hector

Andy Hector is the chief engineer at Content Industries. He's been building custom software for 20 years, forming efficient workflows and helping make digital publishing accessible for everyone.