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Equivalent Text Description (EqTD) Tutorial for Graphics

This 5 page tutorial provides step by step instructions and examples for writing equivalent text descriptions for graphic elements.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Tutorial for EqTDs  (PDF File)

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Posted by: shannongrace22 on Tue Dec 02, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.

It was helpful to have a real world example of an EqTD provided at the end of this document.

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Posted by: schwind5 on Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 9:49 a.m.

Personally, I believe this document is extremely beneficial when creating your own appropriate alt-text. As Shannon said above, the examples were very easy to understand and make sense of. Overall, I feel this is a valuable resource to be aware of and I plan to go back and reference this when I have questions or forget certain rules pertaining to writing equivalent text descriptions for graphic elements.

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