Text Presented as Image

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Short Description

Screen reader cannot read image

Long Description

  • A screen reader accesses text, it cannot access an image of words.
  • If the image has alt text of the text in the image, it gives a screen reader user partial access to the text, but they cannot interact with the content without going into the html of the page.
  • An image of text can provide problems for someone using a screen magnifier, because it is more likely that there will be problems with it resizing.

Example of Issue

The following YouTube video demonstrates a screen reader user trying to interact with a site where the text is an image.

Screen reader deals with a form where text is an image.


  • Do not use images of text, but instead use real text and format it with CSS.
  • If it is necessary to use an image of text, give the image a null alt text and then provide the text in a hidden format so the screen reader will read it in the appropriate location.
  • If the text in the image is not important information, such as a stop sign or license plates in a picture of a street intended to show a person walking a dog, do not include it.
  • More information is available in the article Making Sure More than Eyes Can Detect an Element on the AUL site.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device


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