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One Small Step for WordPress, One Giant Leap for Accessibility

Today, I had reason to insert an image into a post on a WordPress site I manage.

The last time I did that, the panel of options to insert the image looked like this:

This image actually displays an excerpt from the example given in the WordPress codex for inserting an image into a page or post (presumably to be updated soon). Which is what mine also looked like, except for the file detail.

However, what I saw today was this:

Seeing this made me gasp a little – and made my heart sing.

The Alt Text configuration has been moved to the top of the options panel, it has an instruction on how to complete the field – which links to the W3C WAI page on how to decide what to put in the alt attribute, AND it has an instruction on what to do if the image is purely decorative.

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