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Glossary of Terms

This page is still under construction. The Production Coordinator will be bringing this page up in the next team meeting.

A big part of writing Alt-text is being as direct and concise as possible. The words we use have a big role in how this is accomplished. You can learn more about being direct and concise on the General Guidelines page.

On this page you will find a list of terms to use for describing trickier parts of images, including, but not limited to, facial expressions, culturally specific clothing, buildings, etc..

This is a resource for you! So please add to this list!

Suggested Words

In this section you will find options for descriptive words. This is an ongoing list that will be added to and adapted.

Facial Features

  • Grins (smile that shows teeth)
  • Grins widely
  • Smiles (smile that does not show teeth)
  • Smiles widely
  • Crooked smile
  • Smirk
  • Frown
  • Opens mouth in conversation
  • Opens mouth to sing
  • Laughs

Body Movement

  • Walks
  • Runs
  • Steps
  • Reaches
  • Stretches
  • Lunges
  • Swats
  • Stands
  • Leans
  • Tilts head to the Side
  • Tilts head forward

Culturally Specific Descriptions

Buildings and Architecture

Words/Terms to Avoid

  • Coniferous Tree(s): use pine tree, evergreen tree
  • Neutral expression
  • Open mouth
  • Only describe mouth if it is a clear expression that gives meaning to the image

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public/nnels/etext/glossary_of_terms.txt · Last modified: 2022/04/11 14:11 by rachel.osolen