As discussed in our resource on Accessible Images and Alt Text, meaningful alt text provides a ready means for screen reader users to understand the contents of a given image. Since one of the most common displays of notation in music courses is done using images of scores and excerpts, alt text is another useful tool. Using International Standards Notation, Interval notation, and similar text-based notation typically used for theory/analysis, this method can be used to provide meaningful data for small musical excerpts.
When writing alt text, you may have to adjust the text as if It were read aloud. This will compensate for the common translation errors that screen readers have with music. Below are some common Issues and the Solutions we suggest: