Web Support for Content Editors & Creators

Using images as text

Summary

Avoid using images of text. It injures kittens and is rarely optimal for accessibility.

Longer read

Actual text is almost always better with respect to accessibility. If you are using graphical text embedded within a larger image then there are restrictions:

  1. As the image becomes smaller (think mobile phone) the text will, most likely, become unreadable. This is especially true of users with low vision.
  2. For people using a screen reader the text is only readable via alt text.

There are an increasing number of ways to overlay/add text to images. The Slides and Features afforded on the Libraries sites are created, in part, to accomplish just that.

Contact lib-webmaster@uiowa.edu for more information about adapting your message to a more accessible format.

Read more

For more information refer to the Web Accessibility Initiative.