Use Case 3: People use a variety of tools

Illustration of a hand holding a mobile phone. The background is orange. The hand is white with blue fingernails. On the screen of the phone is the text 'news'.

Maria developed a social network mobile application for the local community to report on breaking news stories and fact-check them.

The homepage of the application involves visuals, such as screenshots.

What to consider?

Screenshots and visual content can be great to communicate context and information. But those images need alt text. Alt text is a short description of the non-text content, added in such a way that is typically invisible to people who can see the image but is exposed to people who are using assistive technologies, such as screen readers or Braille displays. 

Complex images such as infographics, or diagrams, may contain too much information to be effectively described using alt text. Instead, detailed descriptions of these images should be provided elsewhere.

Remember: Adding alt text and description also benefits people with a slow internet connection as browsers will display alt text visibly if an image fails to load.

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