I really loved Lucy Bellwood 's 100 Demon Dialogues comics, and the folks at Axess Lab wrote a nice article on the process of writing the alt text for the ebook version. Bonus points: They do include video examples of reading the comic with a screenreader! https://axesslab.com/accessible-comics/ #ComicsA11y
If you're more of a fan of talks as your method of learning cool new things about #ComicsA11y, Jessica Jordan had a wonderful talk as JSConf EU 2019 about Crafting Comics for Literally Everyone. I really like how she built out the speech bubbles with html/css, so they were separate from the background of the panel, and how that read on a screenreader. https://2019.jsconf.eu/jessica-jordan/crafting-comics-for-literally-everyone.html
So when making my own comic website #ComicsA11y friendly I had a few different approaches to the comic itself:
1. I uploaded each panel of the comic individually, rather than posting everything as one image (similar to how I post the comic on social media). Not only does this make it easy to change the layout of the page for different sized screens, but I can individually apply the alt text to each panel, making it more manageable.
2. Along with a descriptive alt text for screen readers, I added a "Closed Caption" mode. This is for peeps who may not always require a screenreader, but for whatever reason, may have difficulty reading the comic. (low vision, dyslexia, bad eye strain day, etc). I use local storage variables so peeps could set settings to their preferences and keep this feature turned on.
Oh, one last note on what I do for personal site. I actually have the alt text also visible at the bottom of the page for easy copy/paste alt text for socials., I also include character images for screenreader description of the character's appearance, as well as a link to more info. I only describe a character in comic if it is their first appearance or they have changed appearance to help keep a cleaner reading experience. #ComicA11y
So this is probably one of the coolest experiments I've seen (way cooler than anything I've done) for comic accessibility. This approach definitely requires thinking about #ComicA11y from the very beginning, given how they separate out the different layers of the comics, not just the speech bubbles. https://comica11y.humaan.com
I've eaten dinner, so time for another #ComicsA11y link!
So last August, the SF State Comics Studies Program, Program in Visual Impairments, and Longmore Institute of Disability hosted a one-day symposium to explore considerations for adapting comics for blind and low vision readers. They posted the whole thing on youtube and there was a lot of interesting ideas discussed!
I really liked the Audio Descriptions talk in this, and one day I would love to play around more with recorded audio transcriptions for comics to use in place of screen reader. I think it could really help the comic come alive for blind/low vision readers.
Also all I can think of is the rad audiobook for Nimona and I want to see what I could with that in web space https://www.audible.com/pd/Nimona-Audiobook/B01ETXFGOI
@Curator Spelling has NEVER been my strong point. Oddly why I like writing alt text for comics, my CMS helps me catch errors before I post my comic! On socials it's just me and pure chaos.
@friskycomics I may have to calligraphy "on socials it's just me and pure chaos" the next time I have my pens out XD
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