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[Bug 13833] New: Suggesting new feature: Accessible Image tag for Visually Impaired Hi, I design tactile graphics for visually impaired individuals. The amount of useful visual information is enormous and the majority of it is not accessible to the visually impaired. In H

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Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:39:35 +0000
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           Summary: Suggesting new feature: Accessible Image tag for
                    Visually Impaired Hi, I design tactile graphics for
                    visually impaired individuals. The amount of useful
                    visual information is enormous and the majority of it
                    is not accessible to the visually impaired. In H
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#top
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#top

Comment:
Suggesting new feature: Accessible Image tag for Visually Impaired


Hi,

I design tactile graphics for visually impaired individuals. The amount of
useful visual information is enormous and the majority of it is not accessible
to the visually impaired.

In Html there are two tags for alternative text which are helpful but for a
vast number of images a text description is not enough – either sight or
tactile impute is needed to access the graphic information.

Would it be possible to create a tag for alternative images so that a blind
person could download the image and emboss it out on his/her Brailler so that
he/she could enjoy the information that only a graphic can convey?

In order to make a picture/diagram accessible it often needs to be modified
– simplified otherwise the tactile information can be too cluttered and be
too difficult to decipher.

Visual and tactile information are very similar. It is the eyes and fingers
who deliver the information to the brain and the brain interprets. 

By offering such a tag I feel it would increase the understanding of
accessible information dramatically and therefore the amount
of such graphics since more illustrators and designers would learn about them
and create them. This one html tag could greatly increase education
opportunities and the quality of life for the visually impaired.

Thank you,

Lisa Yayla
Huseby Resource Center for the Visually Impaired
Oslo, Norway

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