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An image is a static two dimensional visual artifact that is a type of non-text content.

The image element is <img>.

Describing images

Description text

All images require a text description which serves the same purpose and presents the same information as the image including all:

A description can be empty if the image provides all of the following:

  • No information
  • No functionality
  • Asthetic purpose only

Description length

For descriptions which are:

Description coding

Short text descriptions must be coded in the alt attribute of the <img> element.

Long text descriptions can be coded anywhere (either on the current page or another page) and must either:

Images of text

Use CSS to customize text presentation.

Do not use images of text unless a particular presentation of text is essential to the information being conveyed.

Animated images

Animated images are considered the same as video-only content and the requirements for video-only content apply.

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