I have noticed that although when inserting an image part of the code that SE Inserts when you upload it is text saying "Enter image description here" but people very rarely put image descriptions and that is really annoying for blind people.

I think it may be because not everybody who asks on a SE Site is techy and only some people will even think of modifying that code.

I think you should make entering the image description a required thing so that people don't just overlook it.

It's just so annoying having to always post comments like "What does that image show?", "What would you describe that image as?", etc...

Any help would be appreciated.

  • I sometimes put a description, so "nobody ever puts image description" is wrong. You can edit to make it correct by something like "Many times people don't put descriptions". Dec 24, 2019 at 7:55
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    Also, forcing the user to enter a description will result in much more "enter a description here", which IMO is worse than a blank description, or even "gjsdsjt" etc. All in all, bad idea which will NOT help a bit. Dec 24, 2019 at 7:58
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    Then we just need to publicize the fact that blind people are actually sometimes on SE Dec 24, 2019 at 8:02
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/332006/…
    – rene
    Dec 24, 2019 at 8:03
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    I would support request to change the default text to something like "Please add a short description to help blind people use the site", yes. But not block the option to post without entering a description. Dec 24, 2019 at 8:04
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    It's also annoying for people who cannot view the images due to Imgur being blocked. Dec 24, 2019 at 8:39
  • I think the major problem is that in most cases, editors are trying to inline screenshots, we simply do not have the time to describe every screenshot an author might supply. Hard enough to get authors to actually provide screenshots. If authors had the ability to inline screenshots but be placed in a review queue that might help.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 24, 2019 at 9:40
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    @ShadowTheBurningWizard such a message will be picked up by screen readers and is more hurtful for the people listening to it. I suggest banner.
    – anki
    Dec 24, 2019 at 15:27
  • If it’s any consolation, I often edit posts on Stack Overflow to add image descriptions.
    – Super Jade
    Dec 25, 2019 at 1:58
  • If the image contains text, I’ll leave a comment linking to Why are images of text, code, and mathematical expressions discouraged?
    – Super Jade
    Dec 25, 2019 at 2:06
  • You would be justified in down voting any post that's unclear without a description of the image.
    – BSMP
    Dec 27, 2019 at 1:58
  • After down voting the post what’s the best way to let the user know why it was downvoted Dec 27, 2019 at 9:34


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