There are two types of images that deal with text:
Images of Text:
Images with Text:
Images of Words and Phrasesfor how to handle these situations.
The most common images of text are
Lists, these need to be transcribed directly into the Word document and remove the image. If they are rendered as images they will not be accessible.
If there is an image of a table, simply recreate the table within Word following the directions in the Tables Section. Then delete the image of the table once you are done.
If there is an image of a list, simple recreate the list with in Word following the directions in the List Section. Then delete the image of the list once you are done.
Some images with text will require a long description. For examples go to the Alt-text Samples.
Images of Surveys are a bit of a judgement call. It depends on the context of the image.
If it’s critical to understanding the book that readers know exactly what was asked in the survey then we want to transcribe the entire survey and for blank lines you can replace them with
[blank]. Add a Producer's Note at the beginning of the book to explain what we have done.
Some images in this book have been transcribed from the original ebook to improve accessibility.
If it doesn’t matter to the reading experience what the details of the survey are then simple Alt-text will do.
Image of Textand fully transcribe the image directly into Word at the appropriate section of the title and remove the image itself.
Remember, context is key. When in doubt, post a question on the wiki.
Images with Text are images that either include text in a photo or painting (such as a shop or road sign), or images of a textual artifact (such as newspaper headlines or archival advertisements).
These are good examples of the importance of context. If there is an image of a newspaper headline, chances are that you only need to transcribe the headline. If there is an image of an Advertisement you probably don't have to transcribe the text, unless it is a book about the history of Advertisements and the content of the text is important to the reader. Context is key!
To indicate that there is text, write “Text says/reads” or simply “text” followed by a colon and then the text in quotes. For example, ''text says: "this is a transcription example. So much fun!"
Another example of images of text is having individual words or short phrases rendered as images. This is highly discouraged, as it creates many problems for different readers, including those accessing a title in small screen devices. In these cases it is necessary to transcribe the text and remove the image of the word or phrase.
This mistake is more common with words in other languages or alphabets. Always transcribe.
If the image is written in another alphabet you may have to either use unicode or set up your keyboard to type that alphabet. Please see the Languages section for more information.