Applies to these roles: Author, Reporter, Admin  

Improve accessibility for learners with screen readers by adding alternate text to images. Keep reading or watch this video to see how easy it is!

After adding an image to your course, click the Edit link for the image and choose Edit alt tag from the menu that appears.

Then enter descriptive text in the window that appears and click OK. See below for tips on writing good alternate text (alt text). To hide an image from screen readers when it’s decorative or doesn't add important context to your course, just add two double quotes ("") to the alternate text to make it null, and screen readers will skip it (don't worry about cover photos, we made it so that screen readers ignore them).

When you add alt text to an image, Rise displays an ALT  tag in the corner of the image (in the editor, not the published course) as a visual indicator that alt text exists. Click the ALT  tag to edit your alt text.

Writing Good Alt Text

To write good alt text, you’ll want to:

  • Convey the same content and information presented by the image.

  • Be concise without skimping on relevant information.

  • Convey only information not already captured in other on-screen text.

  • Avoid the phrases “image of” or “graphic of” and just provide the information the learner needs.

  • Avoid abbreviations and excessive punctuation. Don’t use punctuation such as ***, which screen readers will annoyingly read as “asterisk, asterisk, asterisk.”

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