Infographics-Making Images Speak a Thousand Words

A session at The 28th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference CSUN 2013

Thursday 28th February, 2013

9:20am to 10:00am (PST)

Infographics, images that combine text and graphics to summarize complex ideas, have seen rapid adoption. Infographics are easy to understand, can invoke an emotional response, and are easy to share. This social sharing aspect makes them also incredibly difficult to make accessible.

This project explores the options for creating complex infographics that are also accessible. More importantly, how can these graphics and their accessible content, be shared on Facebook, personal blogs, and other sites?

The solution should also be as easy as embedding a YouTube video or copy and pasting a snippet of HTML. Further, the infographic designer should also find the technique approachable.

Infographic Accessibility

Normally, an image provides context to a document. Sometimes, such as a work of art, the document provides context for the image. The infographic is the document by itself. There may be little to no supporting text to provide context for what the image represents.

Further, most infographics describe complex topics that cannot be described by the alternate text attribute. The challenge for infographic users is to provide these engaging images while also providing the information in a non-visual format.

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Time 9:20am10:00am PST

Date Thu 28th February 2013

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