Describing technical illustrations

We’re very impressed by the National Braille Association’s guidelines for describing complex imagery for audiobooks. The techniques are almost directly applicable to audio description and to the obscure <LONGDESC> tag, two topics that we’re sure really cause you to burn with curiosity.

The World Wide Web Consortium received permission to post segments of the NBA’s guidelines. They’re fascinating, and pretty complex. (Very large file, with very large images!) Best print these out and give them time to sink in.

Posted on 2000-10-12