General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.

Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.

We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."

@jond also useful for people with slow connections who can't load an image for some reason!

@jond you are absolutely right, but what are the steps I need to take to add description for images, especially when using mobile apps for Mastodon?

@Gotterdammerung The Mastodon web interface and app allow natively tagging the image (just click on it and not the "X"). If a mobile app doesn't, I suppose it's up to its users to pressure the developer to add similar support for the native alt text.

@charlag @jond Hello. Amaroq now offers this feature where we can add description for images.

@Gotterdammerung @charlag @jond Yes, I am still getting used to using this new feature, instead of just hitting ‘toot’ when the media loads.

That is exactly the question I had!

That explanation helped me, thank you!

@Gotterdammerung @jond

btw. I do (and did) realize your toots a year old, already;
They are still relevant, as I just today had that very question;

And this thread is what showed up first when searching for

mastodon picture alt-text

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@el_joa @jond
That's fine. i'm glad you brought it up - even though I continue to fail to make my image posts accessible. 😒

@jond I feel like this sort of request/suggestion ought to be on instance landing pages, greetings emails, etc.? Unless the majority of people start doing it it won't become the norm. and so new people won't start doing it (unless otherwise guided) - and in a growing system, the set of everybody who reads your toot becomes farther from a majority every day. P'raps you should ask us to ask our instance admins., in addition to just doing it ourselves?

@jond thanks, from now on i'll tag more of my images with that :)

@jond this really needs to be encouraged on a client app level. It’s a skill that few of us have, and going through a secondary process to make it work with zero support or feedback is bad UX for everyone.

Accessibility defeatism 

I like this sentiment. But I already have trouble convincing professional editors to do this in a country where it's required by law, so I'm not holding my breath.

@jond I'm with you. We should always accompany our pictures with some sort of text. ^_^

@jond I haven't yet gotten myself into the habit but I'll keep trying to do better. Thank you for the reminder.

@jond I did not even know that image alt text was a thing. Is it a button or something?

@frostotron On the web interface, uploading a picture shows a text box over the image ("Describe for this visually impaired"). I'm not sure how various mobile apps handle it. @Gotterdammerung says Amaroq does something like that. @charlag says Tusky now has it but that change hasn't been released yet. Etc.

@jond @frostotron @charlag
That's right. I use Amaroq for the instance because I post my art there, but sometimes I do forget to add descriptive text for the visually impaired. No excuses, it's just a matter of building good habits, being conscious of our visually oriented society and our privileged position.

@jond nobody is going to do this, it's just too much work, and people are lazy

@jond How do I check if an image toot by someone else has alt text? Just hover?

@jond Not sure how to do this, but I'm going to try it now.

@jrichardliston Oh, I think you've got it. Be kind. Read the room. Toot things you like. Follow some people and you'll end up discovering a lot more through them. Use a few emoji. 🦊 :)

@jond Photo geek here. Are there image or media guidelines for @Mastodon to maintain the quality of what I post?

@jond I try to always do this. It's also a chance perhaps to explain your image in more detail, or call attention to specific aspects. I've asked others to add alt text, but not always. Anyway, boosting this!

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