New Job!

Starting Monday, February 22nd, 2021, I will no longer be employed at Iowa State University. Just shy of 14 years full-time at the university and not quite 20 years affiliated with the university in some way, I will be starting a career as a Software Engineer at Principal working on the website.

I had a great time and learned a ton while at Iowa State. The people on my team are excellent, and I hope to stay in touch with them after leaving.

Drupal 8 Programmatic Alternate Text

Having alt text on your images is a very good thing for accessibility, and a requirement for a lot of websites in order to comply with WCAG standards for ADA compliance. However, people are not very good at remembering to add alt text or don't think they have the time to craft good alt text. So, what happens is alt gets ignored or bogus content gets put into the field. As a developer I want to help these people do the right thing and, if I can, prevent them from having to do repetitive work.