Alt-Text Poetry Workshop with Shannon Finnegan

poster design by Caroline Melamed

Alt-Text as Poetry Workshop
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
moderated by Emily Sara

Alt-text is an essential part of web accessibility. It is often overlooked or understood through the lens of compliance, as an unwelcome burden to be met with minimum effort. How can we instead approach alt-text thoughtfully and creatively?

Alt-Text as Poetry is a collaborative project by Shannon Finnegan and Bojana Coklyat. The purpose of the Alt-Text as Poetry project is not to tell the participant how to write alt-text (there are many existing resources that provide guidelines and how-tos). The primary intent is to put alt-text on one’s radar (if it wasn’t already), to get one thinking about it creatively, and to explore a few of the key questions that come up when translating images into text.

Shannon & Bojana hope what you read and experience in the Alt-Text as Poetry workshop makes it clear that, like all accessibility practices, writing alt-text requires ongoing practice, learning, and collaboration.

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