5 thoughts on “How I typecast

  1. Wow! You OCR your typed text and put it in the alt tags, that’s so cool! I had the idea to do this, maybe even automate it at some point, but was too lazy to follow through. 🙂 Just this morning, however, I went back and hand-entered the text in the first image of the typecast on my blog, so that the snippet on master blogroll would be sensible text and not just the filenames of the images.

    My typewriter nerd hat is off to you, sir, well done! 🙂


    • This also improves SEO, since you’re describing the image — any image — for the visually impaired or those who choose not to download photos and graphics. Sort of like the supplementary audio on TV and movies.


    • Until I figured out how to streamline the process with OCR, I retyped the text and only did so for short typecasts.


  2. The photos are really nice. You get more of the quality of the paper in the photo.

    The alt text is really nice. I didn’t know you did this! You could also do the trick that some webcomics employ—setting the title tag in the title tag of the image, so when you roll your mouse over the image, another set of text appears. I’d imagine that might be obnoxious with the full text. Webcomics use this to add a little extra Easter egg. https://xkcd.com is really good at that.


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