Alternate Title Text (For a Figure, Etc.)

Word or phrase used to provide a short textual name/description for a structure such as a graphic or figure. The short <alt-text> can be used for special accessibility display or presentation on graphic-limited websites or devices, as an alternative to providing the full graphic. (For example, <alt-text> may be used to display a few words “behind” a figure or graphic.)


Conversion Note: This element is not to be used as a replacement for <caption>, which is a visual element displayed as part of a figure, table, etc. The <alt-text> is not a visual element, unless the figure, caption, or other major element is not available or cannot be processed by the person or device-type being addressed. The similarly non-visual element <long-desc> is meant for an extended description of the figure, table, etc.


content-type Type of Content
id Identifier
xml:lang Language

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  alt-text     (#PCDATA)                                    >


Text, numbers, or special characters

This element may be contained in:

<array>, <chem-struct>, <chem-struct-wrap>, <disp-formula>, <disp-formula-group>, <fig>, <fig-group>, <graphic>, <inline-graphic>, <inline-supplementary-material>, <media>, <supplementary-material>, <table-wrap>, <table-wrap-group>


<sec sec-type="results">
<p>We identified 703 abstracts, of which 687 were not
relevant ... Details of randomisation procedures,
treatment schedules, and numbers of patients followed up
are given on the <italic>BMJ</italic> website.</p>
<fig id="F1">
<title>Deaths among patients receiving day hospital care
or alternative services.</title><p>Odds ratios of death by end
of follow up were calculated by fixed effects model.
Heterogeneity between trials is presented as
<alt-text>Deaths in hospitals or with alternative services</alt-text>
<graphic xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"