Mastodon admins!

You can tweak your instance theme so that it highlights media which do not have a text description:

A lot of people use Mastodon through audio from screen readers, so it is important to encourage your users to add text descriptions to images.

(The theme is made by @balrogboogie and @FiXato , and thank you to @Mayana for letting me know about the theme!)

@FiXato @Mayana @balrogboogie @feditips I’d really like if there were a way to fealter out images lacking descriptions. That would save me some time while scrolling.

@changeling unfortunately since there's no metadata available on the parent / ancestors of the image element that indicates there is no image description available, I don't think that's possible with just CSS, as CSS currently doesn't have a parent selector.

While not the original topic of the feature request, the "Setting to require alt text for image uploads" mastodon issue on github has some discussion regarding a request for a filter toggle to hide posts without image descriptions.

The thread does raise an interesting question though: do you still expect an explicit image description when the image's content is already clear from the body of the post? e.g. if I post a picture of a cute dog with the status body text "A cute dog greeted me on the way home", do you still expect the image description to say something like "Photo of a cute dog"?

@Mayana @balrogboogie @feditips

@Mayana @FiXato @balrogboogie @feditips no. I wish people would be more thoughtful about that to avoid repetition. When one has to listen to all the hashtags before getting to the image, one just wants the important details.

@changeling I don't mind repetition nearly as much. I set media to be hidden by default, so I just expand it when I feel like it. Besides, there is a lot that can be said about the cute dog (size, breed, *what* makes them cute).
@FiXato @balrogboogie @feditips

@FiXato @feditips @balrogboogie @Mayana I guess I mean if you say a cute dong in the post, then cute dog doesn’t need to be in the description, but of course details about the poster’s favorite features of the dog are good.

@feditips @balrogboogie @FiXato @Mayana

I can upload a picture
click edit
click to analyse the text, it stats by saying preparing OCR then says analysing text.

After that nothing happens.

I am not sure if something is happening in the background or if the process has simply stopped.

@zleap @balrogboogie @FiXato @Mayana

I don't know how reliable the OCR is... :/

But you can enter text in the box manually and click "apply" to save it.

@zleap How reliable OCR is depends on the quality of the image. English black text on a white background will be recognized fairly well, anything with a worse contrast or different symbols will be converted with less success.
Still though, if it can't do anything, it should at least show you an error, so that's odd. Since Qobo is using a fairly modified version of Mastodon, you might wish to reach out to your instance administrator.

@Mayana @feditips

Ok thanks, I will see if I can make a video (with vokoscreen) to illustrate the issue.

Will also try different ideas to try and narrow down the issues.

@feditips Thank you! I always put image descriptions (ever since I learned how to, at least)! 😄 People have told me how much it helps them. @balrogboogie @FiXato @Mayana

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