Accessibility Enhancement – Alt Tags Retrofit

Requested by: Meghan Reid

Status: Completed

Change to something that already exists?: Yes
Requires a new CMS Component?: No
Requires New Functionality?: No
Estimated Completion Date: Completed - Late Apr 2020


First reported by Meghan Reid, IKBSAS.

Some components were not passing alt tags through the source code despite it being properly entered for the image in the media library, therefore wouldn’t be read out by a screen reader.

[Update:] Webteam has identified there were only 2 areas affected in Faculty/dept theme: 1) section background images and 2) photo bar. -JE

[Update 2:] IT has retrofitted master ACF fields and pulled to production for all faculty/dept theme sites. -JE

Note: If users have entered alt tags on their images, it will now display them in source code/read out by screen readers. If there isn’t an alt tag entered, it will add an empty alt attribute, which is still good for accessibility scanners/robots. No further action required for communicators, but web team continues to strongly recommends communicators to add alt tags to their images -SQ

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