5: Do You Really Need That Image?

If you must use images, diagrams, plots and graphs, and the information is crucial to all your readers, make sure that they can be rendered as tactile graphics – otherwise that information will be lost to Braille readers. If you are using the Word drawing and graphics tools, make sure that the image is saved into a separate file for rendering as a graphic, and that there is a note in the body text to alert the Braille reader to the graphic and its relevance.

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Figure 1: A picture of the alignment buttons on the Word toolbar.

You can add a note to an image easily by putting a descriptive line  immediately underneath it: this might contain a Figure number that the braille reader can use to refer to the corresponding tactile graphic.  In the example above, we have used a Text Box to contain the description. In this case, the Braille reader might not gain anything from having a  tactile rendering of the image, but they should know it was there in the original.