[bksvol-discuss] Full Inclusion: Image Description Protocols in 360 Degree Review

Volunteers,

Back at the end of 2010 I began alerting everyone on the list to the fact that 
my visible involvement here would diminish. You have all observed how the 
community has risen to the that as an opportunity to provide more peer 
mentoring and support. And, of course, you have noted how active Mayrie has 
become. Thank you Mayrie!

One of the projects that has been maturing over that period is image 
description for books in our collection. Last weekend several of you rallied to 
tag images in books which is the first step toward image description. I have 
attached the list of books currently needing this work for any who want to 
contribute.

The new development is that we now have a piece of the image description 
project that can only move forward with input from users.

I need the help of blind members and volunteers to review and comment on the 
proposed Tip List for image describers. (Context in the Image Description 
Process) The purpose of the list is to help describers determine if an image 
even requires a description. The presuppositions to writing the actual 
description are these:

Remember you’re not describing what the image looks like. You’re providing the 
information presented in the image in the most efficient and accessible way.

Brevity
   Don’t make the description unnecessarily long.
Data
   The description should focus on data and not the appearance.
Clarity
   If the reader needs to read a description several times because it is poorly 
written or is presented in a confusing manner, it is not accessible.

 Organization
Lists and tables provide speedy and independent access to data that is 
unavailable through traditional linear, narrative descriptions.



Your feedback on the presuppositions and attached Tip Sheet would be 
appreciated. Keep in mind that the image descriptions done in this new process 
are not inserted into the text enclosed in square like before. These 
descriptions are embedded in the code and must be turned on to be read.

Thanks for your continued help.

Scott Rains



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