The alt attribute is too short

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Critical

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Disabilities Affected:

  • blindness
  • deafblindness

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WCAG Levels:

  • A

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DRRSAG Designations:

  • description

How to Fix the Problem

When using the img element, specify a short text alternative with the alt attribute or use an empty alt in case of a decorative image. The alt text must convey the same meaning as the image.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Engine scans for alt attributes with less than 3 characters

Why Is it Important?

Users who use assistive tools, such as screen readers will fail to understand properly the content of the image

Code Example

<img src="/example_"newsletter.gif" alt="example_Free newsletter. 
Get free recipes, news, and more. Learn more." />

This element perfoms as a container, and has no functionality. This container may contain another elements that has functionality or logical role.

Ignore this issue if this element has an alternative that performs the same and overrides the content of this element.

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