How do I add ALT text for an image in TITANium?

You will learn how to add ALT text (a description) for an image in your course in TITANium. Inserting an image into your course in TITANium can be quite useful. However, to make the image accessible and usable to students with low vision or blind, you should add ALT text or a description of the image.

Follow these steps after you have already added or are in the process of adding an image to your course.

1. Enter your course in TITANium.

In the following sample course some images have already been added but the descriptions have not.

For each image, consider the purpose for using it. The description should let the student using a screen reader have equitable access.

2. Turn editing on.

Turn editing on link is selected

The image we are going to add a description to is the man with the megaphone image which is simply used as a means to get the students' attention.

3. Click on Edit for the resource or tool where the image is located.

In this case, the image is part of the description field for the Book resource labeled 'Start here!'

Edit link is selected.

4. Click on Edit settings.

Edit settings link is selected.

5. Double-click the image.

You may also select the image and click on the Insert image button in the toolbar to the same effect.

Description field selected.

6. The Image properties dialog box displays.

Note that the Description field is currently blank.

Description field is selected.

7. Type your description in the Description field.

In this case, the description field also contains the source URL for the image file.

You can also use this dialog box to resize the display of the image and the alignment (location) of the image within the textbox.

Description field is selected.

8. Click on Save image.

Save button is selected.

9. Click on Save and return to course.

Save and return to course button is selected.

10. Your image now has an ALT description.

The ALT text description will be useful to students using a screen reader like JAWS.

course main page

11. What if the image is more complex?

For graphs, charts, and other complex figures, you should add an appropriately complex description. However, for a long description, you should add the text below the image or link to a document. The Description field is not intended for extensive descriptions.

(Graph from the National Health Statistics Reports)

decorative: This graph is simply to give the viewer an idea

Article Summary

You have now learned how to add ALT text to your images in TITANium.