I read the article by Deborah Edwards-Onaro Quick Tip: How to Convert Image Text to Text and found the method described to be easy and largely successful (minimal post conversion editing needed). I then thought that this could be useful for the many images of text posted on twitter (without
alt text). I have seen a number of people making pleas, to provide
alt text for images (including infographics and text provided as an image, especially in tweets containing useful information related to COVID-19) :
If you've ever tweeted (even once) in support of accessibility and especially if you actively champion it; then for the love of all that is humanity please lead by example and describe your damned images! https://t.co/Rni0wSPhK7 Thank you.— Léonie (@LeonieWatson) March 29, 2020
If you see an image of text or an image containing text on Twitter that does not have a text alternative (you look at the
img code in browser web dev tool), save the image.
, then follow the steps provided by Deborah:
- Upload the text image to Google Drive
- Once the file is uploaded, use the contextual menu (right-click or two fingers on touchpad)
- Select “Open with Google Docs”
- A new Google Docs file is created, with the image at the top of a
- new Google Docs file. The converted text displays underneath the image
- You can now edit the text, change formatting, or correct any typos.
Once ready, share the google doc link on Twitter:
The process is simple and takes a few minutes. No excuse not to.
Twitter support doc about how to add alt text in the first place, preferable for shorter (images of) text.