The DIAGRAM Center will publish information regarding standards and best practices as they relate to creating and accessing image descriptions. This page is an index to that information.
The Diagrammar, formerly known as the “Content Model,” defines a data model for image description metadata. It provides a structured, standard way for image description data to be modeled, including multiple different types of descriptions for each image, teacher annotations, and pointers to tactile graphic files. The ability of the Diagrammar to hold information about a variety of image alternatives is a critical and revolutionary acknowledgment of the breadth of alternatives that new technology has made possible.
The Standards Working Group at the DIAGRAM Center strives to make it easier to create, use, discover, and interact with accessible images by effectively advocating for ebook standards that support image accessibility. To this end, the Working Group interacts closely with standards organizations and reports on the latest recommendations in accessible image standards.
Accessible images are part of a larger context of ebook accessibility overall. These tips provide guidance to publishers and other content creators as new standards emerge that make accessibility for these materials easier and easier to achieve.
These guidelines from the DIAGRAM Center’s Standards Working Group provide mark up best practices for images within EPUB 3 files as new standards emerge that make accessibility for these materials easier and easier to achieve.
The Accessible Image Sample Book provides a variety of concrete examples that show you how digital images can be made accessible, including sample code that you can use to make it easier to create accessible images in your own digital publications.
These guidelines were born from a partnership between the DIAGRAM center and the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM). They are broken up in to two parts. The first part covers description guidelines that apply to any type of image. The second part covers guidelines for describing images within specific types of categories, such as maps.