Figure accessibility in journals: analysis of alt-text in 2021-23

Implementing image alternative text (alt-text) could significantly enhance accessibility for people with visual disabilities. Guidelines like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) emphasize that alt-text should provide the same context as non-text content to address this need. The authors of this study examined data for 1250 articles across 250 journals (five articles per journal) and identified three journals on disability research that provided detailed alt-text that met WCAG guidelines: Disability and Rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, and the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

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Recommended on behalf of EASE by Silvia Maina, Italy

Written by: Crane MA, Nguyen M, Lam A, et al.

The Lancet