Transcript of Infographics

I transcribe infographics to text for accessibility. The transcript could be written by the original author, someone who redistributes it, a reader like your or me, or automatically transcribed by an artificially intelligent bot using techniques such as optical character recognition (OCR) and image and scene analysis and description software. The transcript could be in plaintext, rich text, Markdown, or other standardized formats. Information beyond the graphical content could also be included, including but not limited to citation information such as source, author, and date of publication. Data beyond the data is commonly called metadata. There are many advantages to having a textual transcript of all photographs, drawings, and infographics. Nearly all motivations are about increasing accessibility. Textual annotations or transcripts of graphics, video, or audio content allow screen readers to play audio or braille or other rendering of the text for people who are blind or visually impaired; text is indexable and searchable on web sites, blogs, and social media platforms; text is readable for people who cannot look at a visual display to read which can be useful if they are driving, flying, operating a forklift, and more; text is translatable to other languages by human or machine translation. It is my belief that all content should be accompanied by a plaintext transcript or at least annotations including description and author at a minimum.

About Brad Werner

Technical Evangelist
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