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W3C HTML Techniques for Providing Useful Text Alternatives

October 2014 – The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) update to Working Draft of HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives was published this month. The document is a working draft and contains best practice guidance for authors of HTML (HTML5) documents on providing text alternatives for images. The update incorporates changes and corrections from as early as October 2012 and addresses common issues related to accessible web browsing. Developed through the HTML Accessibility Taskforce, the document is published by the HTML Working Group with approval by the Protocols and Formats Working Group. An updated publication with more information on descriptions of complex images and with clarifications of other guidance is in progress and expected in the near future.

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