Quick Alt-Text Question

Aug 13, 2014


I already read about the Alt-Text here.

Do text boxes, or objects with text in them need to replicate that text in the Atl-Text box?

In other words, if I have a rectangle or caption with a "blah, blah, blah" on it, do I also need to copy the "blah, blah, blah" in the Alt-Text box for screen readers to read it?

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Rick,

It'll depend on the object and the screen reader - but a text box should be read out by the screen reader, and you could always add the text within the alt text field as a safeguard if you're unsure which screen readers they'll be using (I've only ever tested JAWS). For images and shapes, it'll depend on how the text is added. The best way to ensure all of this is test it out with the intended screen reader in the recommended browser to see how it all performs. There is some additional information here on alt text, and you may also want to review the information on Storyline and Section 508 Accessibility.

Richard Blunt

Thanks Ashley,

I think that answers my question. Thanks for the two links, I'm familiar with them. I've read everything I could possibly find on Storyline and accessibility, both here and elsewhere on the net.

As long as a screen reader will "read" the text entered into a shape or caption such as I copied here, then I should not have to duplicate the text in the Alt- Text field.


Harri S

Hi Both,

I've been listening in the background as this is a question that cropped up for us recently.

Apologies if you've already covered this but i couldn't see the answer, could you please clarify if a screenreader will read text in a shape in these two scenarios:

1- Text was entered into a text box then the textbox was placed into the state of a shape/object

2- Text was typed directly into the shape.

Thank you


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