Sunday, 17 May 2015

A PNG in Your Eye

I've found something really important, and I'd like to share it with you here.

Something very important, in Finnish, in a PNG file, with a bad background.

Tricky, isn't it? It's in 4-point text. Oh yeah, and Finnish. You could copy and paste it into Google Translate to find out what it says. But it's an image so you can't. You could use OCR to read it, but at that point size, and with the colours I've chosen, it's gonna be a nightmare. Frustrating, isn't it?

If you're ever tempted to paste a large amount of text into somewhere on the Web - normally Twitter, as you're constrained to 140 characters, and you think to fit it all in you'll just attach it all as an image, just bear in mind - anybody trying to use screen reader technology or some such to follow what you're saying, has as much chance of understanding what you've said, as you have of working out what the text above is all about. Add a link to the original. It might just help somebody else find the words of wisdom you're wanting to share. (And it gives you a visit to your blog as well, quite possibly).

It's the "plank in your eye" passage, in case you're wondering. Dunno why that came to mind...


  1. That's quite possibly brilliant!

  2. I never use images on twitter except pictures of cats. Which is the sole purpose of twitter. I might occasionally share an image on facebbook, but that will normally be of a cat as well. Surely facebook is dedicated to cats. Now I've joined Linkedlin for the serious stuff, I post pictures of serious looking cats, which has had a great reception.

    Cats are taking over the world. They captures us about 25 years ago and have ruled us as slaves ever since. We can't complain about this Cat trafficking as they only listen to opening tins and dreamy packets.

  3. In my browser, mousing over the image brings up the text in black & white. And I speak Finnish. But point taken :-)

    1. I don't claim to be good at it, but I do try to achieve a bit of accessibility...


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