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Image Description

How to add a description of images you upload. Image descriptions are required by law to meet accessibility standards.

The Description/alt text is meant to tell visually-impaired people something useful about an image.

When you upload an image, put the image description in the Description/alt text field.

The description field text goes into what is called the image alt tag.
The alt tag is used is used by screen readers and search engines to give the image context.

Highlight of the media description field

Image descriptions should:

  • Help a visually-impaired person understand why the image is there
  • Be succinct
    Images don't need to be described in detail
  • Contain any text that is written on the image
  • Contain the name(s) of the person(s) in the image
    if they are the focus of the image


Image descriptions should not:

  • Describe every aspect of the image
  • Start with 'Image of' or 'picture of'
    The screen reader they are using will tell them it is an image
  • Include information about the size of the image


Theodore Turner

Possible descriptions:

Theodore Turner

Theodore Turner, "Father of ISU"

Artist rendering of completed Davis Field renovations

Possible descriptions:

Artist rendering of completed Davis Field renovations

Ribbon cutting at the Student Welcome Center grand opening

Possible descriptions:

Ribbon cutting at the Student Welcome Center grand opening

President Satterlee and Tori Parks cut the ribbon at the Student Welcome Center opening

Glow Bowling at New Student Orienation

Possible Description:

Glow Bowling at the Student Union

Students participate in Glow Bowling during New Student Orientation


Reflections: 100 Years of Pharmacy

Possible Descriptions:

Reflections: 100 Years of Pharmacy

Reflections: 100 Years of Pharmacy, a pharmacy student recieves her white coat

Text on the image should be included in the description

If you post an image with a lot of text, you should supply the text immediatley following the image.


Poster for Sustainability in Ireland and the US lecture

Text on page:

Scholarly Lecture by Dr. Donna L. Lybecker sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #110 Idaho State University

Are people willing to pay or willing to do?

Sustainability in Ireland and the US

October 17, 2018
7 p.m.

Wood River Room
Pond Student Union
Idaho State University

Donna L. Lybecker, Ph.D.

Lybecker is a professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University. Her research and teaching cover the areas of Environmental Politics and International Relations, with emphasis on political narrative, border studies, and sustainability. Current research includes work on ecosystem services focusing on the political and ecological linkages between the environment and people; public and stakeholders’ values, perceptions, and uses of resources; and the effects of policy narrative on perception and policy development surrounding international borders. With her research, Dr. Lybecker aims to improve decision-maker and public understanding of human environmental connections and contribute to better-informed conservation. Recent publications include articles in Environmental Politics, International Journal of Sustainable Society and Politics and Policy.

Dr. Lybecker received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College; her Master’s degree from Tulane University, and her Doctoral degree from Colorado State University. She joined the ISU Department of Political Science in 2007. Since then, Dr. Lybecker has authored or co-authored 17 research articles or chapter and two books.

Diagram illustrating the relationship between a Branch and a Section

Possible Description:

Diagram illustrating the relationship between a branch and a section


Descriptions for diagrams, screenshots, flowcharts, etc. can be tricky.
Include that the image is a chart or a diagram. Be sure to put some additional information relating to the chart or diagram on the page.