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Opened 11 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#22854 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Rename "Alt text for the image, e.g. “The Mona Lisa” when inserting an image

Reported by: luciole135's profile luciole135 Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.4.2
Component: Media Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


When inserting an image, a message appears under the "Alt" field (Alt text for the image, e.g. “The Mona Lisa”).

This message is not clear. For a long time I didn't bother about it and I never completed it because I had no idea what its purpose was nor it result. Not knowing, I preferred to no change the default settings since that field is not completed by default, unlike the field "Title" which is completed by default.

Then through internet browsing, I finally learnt that field is used by blind people in order to know about the displayed images.

From there, I manually copied/pasted what was in the field "Title" of my almost 350 images (a one hour job).

If the text displayed under the field "Alt" had been "Alternative text to be read by our blind friends unable to see the image" (or something of the kind), that would have been clearer to me and I would have completed that field as soon as I inserted my first image.
Here, as it is, the text explaining that field doesn't help newbees ; it's a language for people knowing HTML (since the field names are exactly those of the img HTML tags).

Also, it would be clearer for newbees not knowing HTML if the explanatory text for the field "Title" itself was something like: "Displayed in a bubble when hovering the image".

The idea of all this is to tell expliciteley what fields are for, so that a person not knowing HTML can rapidly understand what they are supposed to do with them, without having to go through long searches on internet in order to understand those fields.

I hope some members of the WordPress staff will consider my present comments.

Best regards

Change History (6)

#1 @Ipstenu
11 years ago

This has been changed in WordPress 3.5 (though not as much as you may like). One issue with your proposed change is how much room that would take up in the window. (Also keep in mind it's not exactly WP's job to teach everyone how to use HTML correctly, just to make it easier to do so ;) ). Still, this could be useful in tooltips over each section

Related: #18984, #22759, #21176

#2 @luciole135
11 years ago

  • Severity changed from normal to major

I am writing in French and transalate uses Google to translate, so please forgive me if it is imperfect.
At no time did I ask WordPress to teach HTML. I ask that comments explicitants the fields displayed in the Upload intellignets are. shade.
current comments are completely unnecessary. However the comment fields alt by what I propose to make sense.
Similarly, if the comments illustrating the fields as were intellignets as I have suggested, it would not need to remove this field to upload forcing many blogging to make manual changes.
Now, if you decided to stay stupid, do it!

#3 @alex-ye
11 years ago

  • Cc nashwan.doaqan@… added

#4 @helen
11 years ago

  • Keywords close added
  • Severity changed from major to normal

I would argue that it's not WordPress's job to teach users HTML and browser behavior within the administrative interface. Also, do note that if you leave the alt text blank, it will pull from the title field and no longer adds a title attribute by default.

#5 @c3mdigital
10 years ago

  • Keywords close removed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

See comment:4 Alt is a standard html image attribute,

#6 @SergeyBiryukov
10 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
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