@fairyqueen91 I find it easier to remember given the prompt that appears at the bottom of the photo (Although I did forget one the other day).
I had turned on the Twitter reminder feature to include descriptions but it's definitely easier here on Mastodon! It feels like an inherent part of the post, rather than an add-on.
@TheWeeOwl will do butt you guys are doing a wonderful job. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Thank you again.
@fairyqueen91 Please forgive my ignorance & tell me how to do it. How much detail should be included?
@AustenMicrocosm i’m actually not sure how they do it, I believe that there is a text box for it though. I think it’s like edit text or add text when you add a picture. You basically describe what’s in the picture. That’s all. If usually up to the person how much detail they would like to add. As long as you describe the background, and what exactly is in the picture, would be good enough for me. I’m not really picky.
@AustenMicrocosm no problem! I do apologize. I’m getting so many notifications at once and it’s kind of hard to keep up. Lol I love it though. I’m not complaining.
@fairyqueen91 @AustenMicrocosm when you post a picture there is a text box prompt added to the pic. Depending which app you use it’s different but all pretty self explanatory. Just briefly describe what you see. Use good punctuation etc so the text reader can pick it up properly. I’ve never done it before arriving here but do every time now. Such a small thing to be helpful xx
It depends whether you’re on an app or on the webpage for your instance. For example, on MetaText the image will import with “uncaptioned” in the lower left. Click that and an edit box pops up to the left. You can type up to 1500 characters.
The amount of detail is up to you, but the more the better. I use it to get a bit poetic.
@AustenMicrocosm @fairyqueen91 I'm sighted, but i try to give just enough detail to understand what the image is and why I used it. usually that's only a sentence or two. for example: "a photo of a white cat with blue eyes gazing at the camera through a window", or "a graph showing a sharp rise in the left-handed population over time which plateaus at 10% in the mid 19xxs". once I stopped overthinking it I realized it's not that hard: just explain what the image is to someone who can't see it.
@AustenMicrocosm @fairyqueen91 For those interested in learning how to add alt-text and content sensitivity warnings to their images, this is a helpful article: https://edtechfactotum.com/adding-alt-text-and-more-to-images-in-mastodon/
@fairyqueen91 I think this was the thing that impressed me most when I joined here. I was used to doing the photo descriptions when I worked on a corporate website but this is the first time I have come across such encouragement to do so on any of my social media. The fact that the tools are already built in to remind and enable even the least techy of us us to add the descriptions is brilliant.
@Ellesby I totally agree. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this. I am very impressed!
@fairyqueen91 it’s the first time I’ve done it and I’m actually enjoying thinking in a whole new way about what the picture shows. I’d also really like to know if there’s more I should be adding or details that I should focus on.
@JanFran as I said to someone else, I’m not picky at all. Just having it description itself is awesome! That’s why I don’t get on Instagram or stuff like that. It’s all pictures and or videos. I can’t tell what they are. So again, I really thank you guys for it.
Honestly the reason I put descriptions on pictures is because the prompt is there to remind me when I upload. For the last few months I was putting them on twitter too because I got in the habit.
@billyjoebowers @fairyqueen91 I find the way Twitter does it much more easy to forget to add a description as you have to click a button that says "+alt" (plus alt). Mastodon does this better by stating very clear "no description added". It's easier to get into the habit to add alt texts on Mastodon than it is on Twitter.
@fairyqueen91 I love it. Can you let me know if you are getting the descriptions on my photos? I don’t see that they are there!
@hchaddy oh, I’m actually not sure because I haven’t seen that text box. But I think there is something when you upload a picture. I don’t know though you’d have to ask someone else who has done it. I apologize.
@fairyqueen91 I don't mind doing this except when it's my own art. Then I'm like, "it's meant to look like...but it kind of doesn't." Or "it's a purple-blue textured chalky gradient background so the main subject isn't actually that clear." And I'm sure you don't want that! I also don't want to be inaccurate!
@fairyqueen91 I have just been reading the guide to using Mastodon and saw this was a good way to describe the content of our photos. I shall do this from now on on any that I post.
@Merel From what i hear, it's below the picture you're about to upload. I don't really know though. There was someone who told you guys how to get to it, bu t i don't understand because it was like hover over the picture etc. That's more sighted. so i'm sorry that i can't help more...
@Paulos_the_fog I think it's called alt text and you basically just describe the pictures you upload. Just try to be as descriptive as you'd like. I'm not picky at all.
@fairyqueen91 I like to think of myself as having had a rebirth into this space. It has been largely welcoming, a bit daunting, but it feels like we're mostly equals here, so I am happy to learn and become a better person. This is social media without the bitterness. Long may this continue.
@fairyqueen91 I enjoyed writing the descriptions, hoping to improve as I go and selfishly it'll help me become more descriptive in my own writing ❤️
@fairyqueen91 I have so much fun describing my pictures. It might be the author part of me, but I get into it.
@fairyqueen91 I'm happy too. My mother struggles with her sight, so I know how difficult it must be.
A fun, happy little Mastodon/Hometown instance.