Complete this form to add, delete or change a slide in a slideshow in the Content Management System for a department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University. Please allow five business days for uploading a ready-to-use slide.
Slideshows should be used to tell a compelling story that is relevant to the purpose of the page. They are only impressive if the individual slides are impressive. Every home page does not need to have a slideshow, every slideshow does not need to have five slides, and they should only be used if and when there is a compelling photograph to help tell the story. See the slideshow guidelines.
Images for slideshows must meet the following requirements:
- The image must be of landscape orientation and must be a 16:9 ratio. Final images should be between 560 x 315 pixels (minimum) and 1920 x 1080 pixels (maximum).
- Name your slide file with the following format: department-slide-description of image (ex: chemistry-slide-students).
- The image should be clear and allow space at the bottom for the title and caption.
Titles and captions
In the CMS, real text can be added to each slide, such as a title and a caption. This is highly preferential to embedding text in an image, i.e. inserting text directly into the image or graphic instead of using the title and caption features. Real text is preferred over embedded text because it will scale depending on the device used and remain legible on the smallest display. It also allows screen readers to recognize that actual text is present so the text will get read aloud to its readers, and for search engines to recognize that actual text is there so it can be indexed and used to optimize searches.
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Alternative text/image descriptions
Alternate text, or alt text, is required for all images and videos for blind and low-vision readers. It is used by screen readers, search engines, or when the image cannot be loaded. This allows a blind or low-vision reader to gather the exact same information from the image as a fully-sighted reader.
Alt text should describe the image: “Photo of WMU students at Bronco Bash” or “Student studying outside on a sunny day.” It should not be used as a caption: “Bronco Bash is Sept. 7 in Fountain Plaza” or “Video of commencement ceremonies.” Alt text should also include any and all text that is displayed in the image.
The inclusion of alt text is critical for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The presence of a photo caption does not eliminate the requirement of alt text.
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