Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out HOW to write accessible alt text for your comic? Veronica Lewis wrote this really good guide on doing just that that I apply to my website and how I describe panels! https://veroniiiica.com/2018/11/29/how-to-write-alt-text-digital-comics/. #ComicsA11y
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
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
@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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