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2021:Submissions/Imagine all images described: Alternative text to images as cohesively structured data on Commons

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Speakers[edit | edit source]

Karsten Hein, Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz

Abstract[edit | edit source]

When images are used to illustrate articles, but have inadequate descriptions, the article is considered low in its accessibility for readers with visual impairments who use screen readers. The majority of images in Commons and on our articles have limited or missing text descriptions. Our hope is that, through collaborations between people and organizations who care about improving accessibility, we can create systems for making sure all incoming images, and those already on commons, get adequate descriptions, suitable for not just our English readers, but translatable for all wikipedias.

Session Outcomes[edit | edit source]

Raising awareness for the importance and dimension of our task. Maybe a first step to a strategical approach to improve the frequency and quality of image descriptions on Commons.

We also hope to engage attendees in joining the new Wikimedia Accessibility User Group.

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