Interactive Academy | Accessibility - Add description for an image used as a link

07 Mar 2019

As you may be aware just-in-time training is offered from within the Sitemorse service. It provides interactive support for your content production staff with context based information 'movies' answering the questions specifically related to the action 'Add description for an image used as a link'. For more information on our Academy, please visit

Based on what corrections are required, one-to-one training is delivered directly to staff. Instant training, in manageable 2 or 3 minutes sessions. Training is recorded, as is the progress - allowing you to continue your improvement and demonstrate ongoing adjustment.

In this session, Helen Grimbly takes you through the action ‘Add description for an image used as a link’. For visual reasons, often organisations may use images instead of text as a link.

Covered in this session:

  • Understanding alt text for images used as links
    • Why this is important?
  • The reporting of corrective actions related to ‘Add description for an image used as a link’.
  • How to view and managing corrective action.

When using an image rather than text it is important to use relevant alt text on the image to ensure users accessing the site via a screen reader to understand what the link is for. 

Helen will be looking at this action from the content editor priorities page which includes the top 10 pages to action. This page is designed for content owners, you can scroll through the pages and see the actions listed below each page.

Take a look at the W3C information on this action 'F89 - Failure of Success Criteria 2.4.4, 2.4.9 and 4.1.2 due to using null alt on an image where the image is the only content in a link'. Further details can be found at;