Accessibility for Media

Accessibility for Media, Images, PDF's and Other Files

All files that are uploaded to the website need to be ADA Accessible. If at any time you aren't sure and/or would like help making sure your file is accessible, contact Lori Brenden,


Movies & Audio

Both hearing impaired and limited English proficiency website visitors can benefit from including captions with audio and video media on websites. The easiest way to include captions with your videos is by hosting the videos on YouTube, which provides easy to use captioning tools. Another option is to contact Media Services and have them assist you with your video and getting it captioned. Unfortunately, at this time we discourage the use of any other video hosting solutions, as support for captioning can be limited.

For audio files, you should include a link to the audio transcribed as a text document.

PDF's, Docs, Etc.

All files need to be ADA accessible, if you are uploading any files be sure to check if it's is accessible and have Lori Brenden check it if you aren't sure. We will be adding detailed information about document accessibility later in Fall term 2018.


Never use an image in place of text. If your image has text included, that text has to be included in the page as text.

Pictures should always include an "alt" tag, which provides a description of what's happening in the picture. These tags are often read by screen readers to help seeing impaired people understand what's in the picture. Additionally, if a picture cannot be found, the alt text will be shown in its place.

Do not simply replicate the body text or image caption as your image alt tag. If your text says "To the right you'll find a picture of our 123 team", and then your alt tag is "image of 123 team", and your caption is "The 123 Team", you've done nothing but make a screen reader read the same text three times. In that circumstance, it'd be appropriate to set the alt tag as "", meaning that the caption or body text provides sufficient description. Alternatively, you could use an alt tag like "The team, showing Ty at the left, giving bunny ears to Mary, on the right", which would provide a description that isn't in the caption or body text.

Pictures without proper alt tags may be subject to removal.

Also see Image Use for further information about images on the Lane website.

If you have any questions or would like assistance, contact Lori Brenden,