I recently introduced this article to the mainspace, and with it being approved for DYK, I was hoping to take it up a notch by submitting this to FLC. Please throw at me tomatoes any comments which will help me improve the timeline to meet WP:WIAFL. Best, Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 22:59, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
"The timeline of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season documents all the storm formations, strengthening, weakening, landfalls, extratropical transitions, as well as dissipation" Not an engaging start. See Timeline of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season for a better example. Dabomb87 (talk) 23:10, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, that is an engaging start but I can't think of anything similar for the 1996 timeline. Any ideas? --Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 23:58, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
It took over 3 hours, but I'm finally done. This is the first time I've ever worked with alternative text, so could you please do a run-through of my work? Thanks! --Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 01:02, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, alt text is there. However, it needs work. The alt text of the first image is merely a copy of the caption. The two have different functions: alt text describes the image, while captions interpret the image. Dabomb87 (talk) 14:46, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
For example, going back to the lead image, people using screen readers would not be helped if they were told it was track map, since most people cannot simply visualize what that looks like. You might say instead:
|alt=Map showing paths of tropical cylcones [or whatever the correct term is] that formed in the North Atlantic basin in 1996|Track map of all storms during the season]]
Alt text only describes things that can be seen by looking at the image. Dabomb87 (talk) 14:58, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
One more example. The alt text for the June image: "Tropical Storm Arthur near its landfall in North Carolina on June 19. Arthur was a minimal tropical storm at peak intensity, with winds of 50 miles per hour, and a minimum central pressure of 990 millibars." By looking at the image alone, readers would not be able to verify most of the information in the caption (the date and the location are the exceptions). For example, I wouldn't know that the winds gusted at 50 mph or that the storm was named Arthur without the caption. Describe what you see, not what you know. See WP:ALT#Flawed and better examples. Dabomb87 (talk) 15:40, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
Does anybody have a suggestion to fix that problem? I am fairly new to FLC, after all. --Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 18:29, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
bribe youre Admin Coach to do it for you :P Jason Rees (talk) 18:44, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
Haha, no, I'm not into bribing people to do stuff for me. :P I'll just be patient and wait for a possible reply. Cheers, Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 18:48, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
How about something like this, Tropical Storm Arthur approaching North Carolina on June 19. At the time, most of the thunderstorm activity was already over land? --Anhamirak 19:45, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
Dylan i generally meant have a word in youre coaches ear and he should be able to sort out all of the Alt Text for you. Jason Rees (talk) 20:08, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
On it. Might take a few hours though. –Juliancolton | Talk 23:42, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
Alt text cleaned up for the most part, though it might take a bit of revising yet. –Juliancolton | Talk 21:25, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
Thank you for your help, Julian. I don't think it will need revising; Truco (talk·contribs) below says the alt text (and the other technical aspects of the timeline) checks out fine. :) --Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 21:48, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
The 1996 Atlantic hurricane season was above average in terms of activity, with 13 named storms of which 9 became hurricanes and 6 became major hurricanes (hurricanes that are classified as Category 3 or higher). -- I don't know but to me this seems a bit POV-ish was above average in terms of activity, can it be reworded?
"These were Bertha, Edouard, Fran, Hortense, Isidore, and Lili." What is "These" referring to? Are the named storms hurricanes, tropical storms? I don't know; readers shouldn't have to click on the links to find out.
"Hurricane Cesar (later known as Hurricane Douglas in the Eastern Pacific basin) was the deadliest storm of the season. It killed at least 51 people and caused severe damage in northern Colombia and southern Central America."-->Hurricane Cesar (later known as Hurricane Douglas in the Eastern Pacific basin) was the deadliest storm of the season; it killed at least 51 people and caused severe damage in northern Colombia and southern Central America.
I have read these comments and should get to them by the end of the night; right now I have commitments to make to two editors (one of whom is my adoptee). Best, Dylan620 (contribs, logs) 21:48, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
Sources look good. Dabomb87 (talk) 20:31, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
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