I’m not totally clear on what you are trying to do, but alt text generally does not display on the page unless the image is not available. So far as I am aware, accessibility just require that you have text in the alt field — not that it’s displayed on the page with the image. Alt text will be read by screen readers whether it’s displayed on the page or not.
If I’m misunderstanding or you’re trying to do something else, can you explain further?
Thank you for writing:
Could you look at the page source for: http://twentyelevendemo.wordpress.com/
This is the HTML for the header image
<img src=”http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/pub/twentyeleven/images/headers/trolley.jpg?m=1354160568g” width=”1000″ height=”288″ alt=”” />
The alt tag is empty on this site as it is on my site. Even though I have filled in the alt and description fields for the item in the media library.
It would appear as if that alt field information is not being picked up by a query that gets the location of the image to display as the header.
Do you see what I am talking about now?
edit header.php of Twenty Eleven;
find this line:
<img src="<?php header_image(); ?>" width="<?php echo $header_image_width; ?>" height="<?php echo $header_image_height; ?>" alt="" />
and expand it to:
<?php $header_image_URL = get_header_image(); $header_image_att = $wpdb->get_row( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_content = '%s'",$header_image_URL ) ); $header_image_att_id = $header_image_att->ID; $header_image_alt = get_post_meta($header_image_att_id, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true); ?> <img src="<?php header_image(); ?>" width="<?php echo $header_image_width; ?>" height="<?php echo $header_image_height; ?>" alt="<?php echo $header_image_alt; ?>" />
(most of the code is adapted from http://wordpress.org/support/topic/need-to-get-attachment-id-by-image-url?replies=20 )
locate the respective images in the media library, and add the ‘alternative text’; do the same for those posts and pages, where you have used the ‘featured image’.
I’m having this same problem–I created a custom field for the alt text but can’t figure out how to update my theme. I tried to find that line in my header.php but it doesnt exist. Any advice? Thanks!
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