@odd just wanted to say huge props for the description text on this image -- I've noticed that hardly anyone adds image descriptions across micro.blog, so always nice to see when it is done. :D
Before we work on embedding it into cross posting .. would be great to see it working seamlessly in micro blog.
Why not in uploads is there not a field that gets exposed that displays the alt text … so we could then add alt text to our images that do not have alt text?
I’ve never had trouble uploading alt text via the micro.blog app. The trick is to do it at the time of posting.
Alt text doesn’t pass through as visually readable. That’s by design, so yeah, adding alt text to old posts requires a laptop and patience.
@Cheri No, meant how do I see alt text on the Micro.blog app? Like for xkcd in a feed reader, I just long-press
@pratik @Cheri XKCD doesn't put that info in the Alt text but in a title. Alt text's purpose is to be available when the image itself is not. To see it, you could turn off images in your browser, or view the HTML behind the page. (I don't think either of those things is possible in the Micro.Blog app.)
@crossingthethreshold @pratik @odd In mobile Safari on iPad you could install the Web Inspector extension by And a Dinosaur, allow micro∙blog, and search for
alt=" to reveal the tooltip on an image container, rather clunkily.
PS Searching on
<img might be more useful, even though there will be a lot of images in the result.
@Cheri @manton I’d like this process to be as easy as possible, to encourage people to do it. Expose something in the UI for doing this and make it a normal thing to do. And then for cross-posting, at least on the Fediverse, it’s considered rude to not include image descriptions. I feel kinda bad to crosspost without it.
@crossingthethreshold I haven’t actually seen it yet(!), but I saw it referenced while it was happening, so that really was my initial source too, but I’ve only been more mindful about it lately.
@JohnPhilpin Adding alt text in the Uploads section is a good idea. I think most people just attach a photo directly when posting, where alt text is already supported, but I like it working everywhere.
May I also sneak in my request to include 'Copy Markdown' next to each image? 😬
@pratik You may. 🙂 I've been trying to include Markdown as an option in more places, e.g. holding down the option key on the Mac to get more choices. I think in Uploads, similarly the "Copy HTML" button could have a popup option with more choices.
@ndreas After you add a photo, tap the thumbnail in the lower left, you can tap “Add description” and it pops up a dialog window to enter it.
@ndreas You're right. I don't know how to see that. Tried tapping and long-pressing but nope.
@pratik @ndreas You can edit the Description field after you have entered it. The ALT text is only accessible for those using screen readers*. Drag two fingers from the top down on the screen to make it read.
@manton that would be great... I often edit post publish for all kinds of reasons... Like forgetting ... Categories for example... talking of which I do a lot of that ‘cleaning’ via mars edit … so when @danielpunkass starts on v5 … an easy way of checking alt text tags would be very welcome.