Testimonials and Feedback

From our Authors and Editors:

"When I first thought about doing alt text, I thought it would be really cumbersome. Actually, writing the alt text made me greatly appreciate the challenges some individuals may face interpreting technical diagrams. I think it has made me think a lot more about how to draw figures that are easier to understand and explain to others! It's great to work with a publisher and editors who value accessibility in technical writing."
Gedare Bloom, Author of Real-Time Systems Development with RTEMS and Multicore Processors
"We can think about the preparation of Alt text as writing the recipe in a cookbook. If we only have the picture of the finished meal, then we will not know what the meal represents or how to prepare it. Have you ever tried searching for a picture in your camera gallery but couldn't find it? Alt text helps pictures to become searchable. As we know, a picture is worth a thousand words but if we can't find it when we're doing a search, then it doesn't exist. The use of Alt text helps to add that extra element to your book. It allows your figures to become searchable and helps in its promotion. The preparation of Alt text was very interesting when writing my book and now I see its use in other social media platforms and on websites. I'm very grateful to have placed alt text into my book."
Sanya Mathura, Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd and author of Lubrication Degradation and Lubrication Degradation Mechanisms
"We found doing the Alt Text for our book was straightforward. It was a good discipline to simply describe the illustration. I'm glad we did it."
David Allison, CPPS and Harold Peters, P. Eng and author of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for the Improvement of Healthcare Systems and Patient Safety
"Initially, I was opposed to doing Alt-Text, but once I realized how easy and useful it could be, I was sold on the idea. I like the fact that Alt-Text (Alternative-Text) is useful for reaching people with disabilities. Further, doing Alt-Text forces me to think and rationalize about the images I am including in my manuscript, which is a good thing." 
Adedeji Badiru, Air Force Institute of Technology, and author of Data Analytics, Project Management Essentials, Sustainability, Operational Excellence in the New Digital Era, Innovation Fundamentals, and Artificial Intelligence and Digital Systems Engineering
"I have written and edited figure captions for more than a decade for authors across industries, but it never occurred to me how much meaning and content can be lost if figure images cannot be seen optimally, regardless of what the caption says. Creating alt text seemed redundant and monotonous on first glance, but after reading more details about its usefulness for visually impaired readers, as well as instructions on how to write it, I appreciate its placement and found it much easier to write than anticipated. Getting started was the hardest part; once I wrote alt text for just one figure, the process was very simple, and I churned through the remaining figures without challenge. It definitely makes for a different relationship between editor and text—to take the position of one who can’t see an image but who needs to know what it contains. It’s a good addition to my professional skillset and benefits a wider set of readers for my authors."
Allison Humphries, Technical Editor, who worked on Decision Making in Risk Management
"I was a little hesitant to agree to provide alt text for the figures in our book because of all the last-minute issues that must be dealt with before going to press. But I quickly found the process to be painless, and that I could get all the help I needed from the awesome staff at CRC Press. But most importantly, I knew I would be helping readers who might not otherwise have access to our work. In the end I was proud to have helped CRC provide this important service."
Edward Rothwell, Michigan State University, USA, and author of Engineering Writing by Design
"The use of Alt Text is a good initiative. I felt tremendous excitement because I knew that I was making a huge contribution to helping many people master the material in the book."
Stepan Bilan, State University of Infrastructure and Technology, Kiev, Ukraine.A20, and author of Biometric Data in Smart Cities
"To make knowledge available to anyone, I liked spending extra time on my manuscript preparing alt text for each figure as this is a hugely important for understanding as well as application of technology, and I am happy to be a part of a publisher that takes accessibility so seriously."
Zhu Fang, R. E. Uptegraff, USA, and author of Power Transformer Design Practices
"Knowledge is for everyone and no barrier should prevent people to put themselves out there and learn new things. Therefore, we didn't hesitate to spend some time for associating some alt text to the figures included in our manuscript. We are really happy to work with an editor who has the same ideas, as we do, on this point and considers accessibility as one of the most important aspects for new manuscript projects."
Mattia Rossi, Nicola Toscani, Marco Mauri, Francesco Castelli Dezza, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and authors of Introduction to Microcontroller Programming for Power Electronics Control Applications

From our Partnerships:

"When publishers create products that are fully accessible from the start, it has an incredibly positive ripple-effect upon the community of people with disabilities, as well as all of the professionals who work to alleviate the barriers inaccessible products present. Not only can students with disabilities purchase a product that works for them from the start; your efforts also eliminate duplicate work taking place across many Disability Services Offices to remediate your book for students who need it."
Dawn Evans, AccessText Network Coordinator
"A picture is worth a thousand words, but it doesn’t take a thousand words to open up your pictures and images to those who are unable to see them. Adding, even any amount of Alt text, describing what your picture, diagram or graph shows, makes your content inclusive to everybody and can bring stories alive and make subjects easier to understand. Descriptions create pictures in the mind and for those who cannot see pictures, the imagination becomes the most powerful tool. As a blind Mathematics graduate, I could not have engaged in my study, had descriptions of pictures not been made available to me. Pictures are just as crucial as the written word and this is no less so for someone who is unable to see the images through their eyes. So please, add the Alt text, fuel the imagination and make your content inclusive to all."
Stacy Scott, RNIB Bookshare and Publisher Strategic Relationships Manager and Chair of the Accessibility Action Group – Publishers Association
"As a publishing workflow consultant and a participant in many standards organizations, I have long advocated that publishers build accessibility into their editorial and production workflows in order to produce “born accessible” publications. Print disabled users should be able to obtain the same products, at the same time and the same cost as everyone, rather than requiring special accessible versions. One aspect that I emphasize for scholarly publishers is the importance of addressing this as early as possible in the publication workflow. Obtaining draft image descriptions at the manuscript stage from authors, who best know what an image in a scholarly publication is intended to convey, enables editors and service providers to perfect those descriptions for accessibility in the context of refining and rendering the content in which the images appear. Taylor & Francis is doing exemplary work in this regard. They are in the vanguard of providing born accessible books in the best accessible format, EPUB 3, and they have important partnerships with charities like Bookshare and RNIB Bookshare to get those born accessible books into the hands of the readers, students, and scholars who need them."
Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC; Founding Partner, Publishing Technology Partners; W3C Global Publishing Evangelist