Assigning Alternate Text to Images in FrameMaker
To assign alternate text to an image, your Stationery and template must have the ImageAltText marker type configured. Your output format must also support this feature. For more information about output formats that support this feature, see “Features Available in Each Output Format”.
The following procedure provides an example of how to assign alternate text to images in the most current version of FrameMaker. The Object Attribute method can be used with newer versions of FrameMaker.
To assign alternate text to an image in an Adobe FrameMaker source document using object attributes
1. In your Adobe FrameMaker source document, locate the anchored frame for the image to which you want to assign alternate text.
2. In the anchored frame that contains the image to which you want to assign alternate text, and complete the following:
a. Select the anchored frame that contains the image to which you want to assign an alternate name.
b. On the Graphics menu, click Object Properties.
c. Click Object Attributes.
d. In the New or Changed Attribute area, in the Name field, type ImageAltText.
e. In the Definition field, type the alternate text you want to assign to the image. Your text cannot exceed 255 characters.
f. Click Add.
g. Click Set.
h. Click Set again to close the window.
To assign alternate text to an image in an Adobe FrameMaker source document
1. In your Adobe FrameMaker source document, locate the anchored frame for the image to which you want to assign alternate text.
2. In the anchored frame that contains the image to which you want to assign alternate text, insert a text frame by completing the following steps:
a. On the Graphics menu, click Tools to display the graphic tools palette.
b. Click the Text Frame icon.
c. Drag the cursor over the portion of the image where you want to insert the text frame that will contain the ImageAltText marker.
d. In the Create New Text Frame window, in the Number field, type 1, and then click Set.
e. Click outside the image, and then insert your cursor in the text frame.
3. On the Special menu, click Marker.
4. In the Marker Type field, select ImageAltText from the drop-down list.
5. If the ImageAltText marker type is not on the list, check with the Stationery designer to obtain the name of the marker type the Stationery designer created to support this functionality and then use the marker type specified by the Stationery designer. For more information, refer to “Implementing Online Features in FrameMaker”.
6. In the Marker Text field, type the alternate text you want to assign to the image.
7. Click New Marker.
8. Save your Adobe FrameMaker source document.
9. Generate output for your project. For more information, see “Generating Output”.
10. Verify ePublisher assigned the alternate text you specified to the image when it generated output by completing the following steps:
a. On the View menu, click Output Directory.
b. In the TargetName folder, open the page that has the image to which you assigned alternate text in Notepad, where TargetName is the name of your target.
c. Verify that the alternate text you specified is included in the alt tag for the image.