FAULT TEXT: The Adversities in Automated Alternative Text

Images on the web are just over 25 yrs old. What started as an experiment, was standardized in 1995. We’ve often talked about how images are crucially important to the web’s experience today. However, all the advances in screen resolution, high dynamic range and bit depth have meant little to nothing for persons with low to no vision. This is where alternative text has been equally as crucial. But the attempts to automate alt text by way of computer vision, has been laden with hurdles at best. FAULT TEXT is a talk about alternative text, outlining the pitfalls in its automation and why we shouldn’t refer or commit to it.