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  1. Deborah Edwards-Onoro

    Glad to see this change in 4.7! As you mentioned, the default behavior was less than helpful to people using screen readers. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to explain to new WordPress users how the default alternative text was added to an image. Looking forward to more meaningful alternative text for images!

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  2. Alan

    For someone who maintains a website and names his images appropriately, it’s a bit of an inconvenience.

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  3. Li-An

    More work for me – title image was a good fallback in my case.

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  4. M

    There should be a Settings option or a filter to reactivate that fallback.

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    • VegasHero

      I agree. This is gonna be a big headache for people caring for SEO – personally I have named the files with keywords and keeping it descriptive as I knew the filename is filled as alt text automatically.
      Now it’s going to be another copy-paste step.

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      • Joe Banks

        Yes, agreed here, too.

        I also see with a recent WordPress upgrade that the way the Title is automatically prefilled when a file is uploaded has changed: it used to be that the Title of the example file “Spaceship Engine Specifications.docx” would be automatically titled by WordPress as “Spaceship Engine Specifications.”

        But now it’s titled as the filename/slug is written, and converted to all lowercase: “spaceship-engine-specifications.”

        This I think is a step backward, as well.

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      • Alan

        It was really annoying. I thought that it was because of something I did at first.

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  6. Joe Banks

    This would be useful if combined with a warning that the alt text field is blank. Otherwise, it essentially does nothing to IMPROVE accessibility except to increase the number of blank alt text fields in websites curated by those who do not understand accessbility!

    When used correctly, the alt text fallbacks were a timesaver for curators who had large sites. Now we’ll be simply be copy-pasting the alt text from the title to the alt text field because we only need the one field to describe the image overall!

    However, I do concur that having the caption text be the default alt text was confusing to the user, because you would end up with the same text in both the caption and alt text! Useless.

    The superfluous field here is the title field; I’d prefer to see it removed in the long run.

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  7. Nathan George

    I’m the same. I name my images with meaningful names so the alt text was perfect and i’m not keen on double handling.

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  8. Joe Banks

    Actually, reading the article on Make WordPress, WordPress image’s title is not alt, that the “According to Joe McGill” linked article references, helps clarify the rationale, but I agree with the author’s comment: “force setting alt rather than title with uploading Media.”

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