Adam (me_and) wrote in suggestions,

Alt-text for scheme images on "Browse Preferences" page

Alt-text for scheme images on "Browse Preferences" page

Short, concise description of the idea
The present alt-text for the scheme images on the "Browse Preferences" page is misleading for users who are browsing LiveJournal without loading images.

Full description of the idea
The "Browse Preferences" page has images showing previews of each scheme, and the images contain a link to change the option. The alt-text - the text that is shown for users who do not wish to/cannot load images (useful for users on slow connections, with old/text based browsers, and for users with poor sight who have screen readers) currently reads "[Preview of Lynx scheme]" (or Dystopia, or XColibur). Because these images are a link, it implies that the link is to a preview of the Lynx scheme, which would be useless to a user browsing without images, and so users may not use the link to use the scheme they want to.

I use Lynx as the example, as I prefer to use Lynx on my mobile browser, but when I went to change the options after reinstalling the browser, I was confused by the lack of option buttons to select the scheme, as is used for the language, and did not want to click on the links as a preview would be useless when I did not want to use images. Initially, I thought that the lack of option buttons was due to a quirk of using a non-standard browser, and I suspect many users in a similar situation would not take the effort to check and realise that the images themselves set the options.

As such, I think the text should read "Use the {scheme} site scheme", or similar.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Clearer options for users browsing without images

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Only benefits a small number of users

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Simply change the text in the <img> tags
Tags: site images, usability, § implemented
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