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4.8  Y.  Format for image description tags

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              1)  Definition
              2)  Use a unique string to identify image descriptions
              3)  Structure
                   a.  Format to use for image descriptions with Captions
                   b.  Elements of the image description Tag
              4)  An example
              5)  Layout
                   a.  Placement on the page
                   b.  Separate each image description with a blank line
                   c.  If page numbers are 'footers', be sure they are the "last item on the page"
              6)  Reminder:  Don't add text if it's not in the original book!


1)  Definition

      Correctly or incorrectly, the phrase "image description" has been used to mean any of the following:
      -  an image description, only
      -  an image description plus a caption
      -  an image caption, only.


2)  Use a unique string to identify image descriptions

      The string below should be unique enough to identify image description tags within most files:

      [image:


      The goal is to have one tag identify every image description in a file so they can be programmatically
      manipulated.

3)  Structure

      A.  Format to use for image descriptions with Captions

      [image: A young boy in mid-air as he dives off a pier into a small lake.  Already in the water is
      an older man, standing and smiling.
      "Having fun on hot days."]


      B.  Elements of the image description Tag

           1.  open square bracket

           2.  "image: "                                 (without the quotes:  the text "image", a colon, 1 space)

           3.  the image description

           4.  a period                                  (wouldn't this help Assistive Technology devices?)

           5.  a Paragraph Mark                    (so that the caption element starts on the next line;  wouldn't
                                                              this make it easier to QC, to verify that the image describer
                                                              has included both the description and the caption?)

           6.  <the caption>

           7.  if not present, a period

           8.  close square bracket


4)  An example

      In the following example:
      -  there are 2 images on one page
      -  the page number was a 'footer'  (at the bottom of the page).


      ....................................... Page Break .......................................

      < body of text on this page >
      < body of text on this page >
      < body of text on this page >
      < body of text on this page >
      < body of text on this page >
      < body of text on this page >


      [image: A girl with a pretty smile, standing outside, wearing a traditional outfit
      with beads and large buttons on it.
      "This girl helps her family herd yaks in the north. She belongs to an ethnic group
      known as the Kirghiz."]


      [image: A man wearing a turban smiles as if he is laughing.
      "Many Afghan men wear turbans, both as a sign of respect for Allah and as protection
      from the hot sun."]


      4                <<  this is the page number
      ....................................... Page Break .......................................



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5)  Layout

      A.  Placement on the page

           Place image descriptions near the text to which they refer, as much as can be determined.
           (This is not critical.)

           Except in textbooks, sometimes the flow of the narrative can be made easier to experience if all
           image decriptions on a page are grouped together and then placed either above the body of text,
           or below the body of text.

           Rationale:  This way a reader may choose to read only the body of text from one page to
           the next, maintaining the narrative flow.  Since many pages have 2 or more images, a reader
           using AT could encounter the first instance of an image description and then immediately
           skip to the body of text on the next page.


      B.  Separate each image description with a blank line

           -  Image descriptions can be easier to QC if separated by a blank line.

           -  The blank line will of course be removed by the RTF Converter.


      C.  If page numbers are 'footers', be sure they are the "last item on the page"

           If page numbers are footers (at the bottom of each page and not at the top), be sure that the
           page numbers and not image descriptions, are the last item on the page.

           This could help the RTF Converter determine pagination, especially if the book has many pages
           that contain image descriptions.


           So:


        ....................................... Page Break .......................................

        < page # >          (if page #s are 'headers')


        < chapter heading >    (if it exists)


        < body of text on this page >
        < body of text on this page >
        < body of text on this page >
        < body of text on this page >


        [image: A girl with a pretty smile, standing outside, wearing a traditional outfit
        with beads and large buttons on it.
        "This girl helps her family herd yaks in the north. She belongs to an ethnic group
        known as the Kirghiz."]


        [image: A man wearing a turban smiles as if he is laughing.
        "Many Afghan men wear turbans, both as a sign of respect for Allah and as protection
        from the hot sun."]


        < page # >          (if page #s are 'footers')

        ....................................... Page Break .......................................


6)  Reminder:  Don't add text if it's not in the original book!


      -  The rule of the thumb is:  never do this.
      -  There are a few exceptions, such as labeling blank pages, or adding page numbers to pages that
          didn't originally have them.

      For those rare cases where text is added that is not in the original, please always place any
      added text within square brackets.

      An exception to this last rule is the adding of page numbers.  Do not place square brackets around
      page numbers.


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