I am a huge fan of the web. I work as an engineering manager, and I have a ton of small and medium-sized side projects online.
And I want as many people to enjoy them as possible. To do my part, among other things, I always make sure that the images I upload online have a proper description. Even my bots. And while the situation with image descriptions is overall improving, it’s not where it needs to be yet.
Tracked 23,561 posts across 2,977 instances.
Federated: 32% – Found 8990 descriptions set on 28,496 images.
Local: 21% – Found 1,425 descriptions set on 6,850 images.
To help spread awareness, I created Alt Text Hall of Fame, a website, and a fediverse account, with tips on how to write better image descriptions, and a way to highlight some exceptional examples.
My new project, https://AltTextHallOfFame.org, is a celebration of the effort, ingenuity, and creativity that goes into making the web a friendlier and more inclusive place, one captioned image at a time.