Request a slide change to a slideshow

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

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.

Slides

Images

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.

Embedded text examples

Real text examples 

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.

Slide request
For instance, /geology, /biology, /spaa.
The homepage is the main webpage for the department.
List a short title if the slide will have a title. The slide cannot have a title without also having a caption. The slide title will appear as the first line of the caption in large font, followed by the caption field text in smaller font.
List a short caption if the slide will have a caption.
Upload a jpg or png image that is no smaller than 550 x 310 pixels and no larger than 1920 x 1080 pixels (or any size in between using a 16:9 ratio).
Files must be less than 4 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png.
Alternative text should contain any text that is part of the image and a description of the image. Alt text is read by screen readers in place of images for users with visual or certain cognitive disabilities and is displayed in place of the image in browsers if the image file is not loaded. Note: Alt. text is supposed to describe what is seen in the image, not give other details like time/date of events, etc.
If a location is not chosen, it will be placed as the first slide.

Please email coas-web@wmich.edu for additional information.