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Kathryn A. ([personal profile] kerravonsen) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2017-02-16 02:44 pm

Take image descriptions from the image meta-data

Title:
Take image descriptions from the image meta-data

Area:
image hosting

Summary:
Save time in creating image descriptions by taking them from the image meta-data, using that to pre-fill the image description form.

Description:
When one uploads an image to the DW image hosting (yay!) you are able to drag-and-drop or select an image to upload, and then you get presented with a form which has things like "Title" and "Description" in it, which you have to fill in. But a lot of my images already have descriptions in the meta-data (e.g. the "Comment" field in a JPEG file). It's a pain to have to type all of that in again when I already did it once. What I would like to suggest is that the image uploader read the meta-data from the image, and use that to pre-fill the form. The user then can edit that as they like, but if they're already happy with what's in their meta-data, they can just save what's there without changing it. This would also be useful if someone is using the old "upload by email" interface which used to be the only way of uploading images to DW. That interface could use the meta-data of the image to fill in the Title and Description information, which the user could edit later on the DW website. As for what meta-data to use, I think one could use the filename for the Title (that's what LJ does) and use the JPEG "Comment" field, or the "Caption-Abstract" field from the EXIF data for the Description.

Poll #18047 Take image descriptions from the image meta-data
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


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Should be implemented as-is.
16 (50.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
4 (12.5%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
6 (18.8%)

(I have no opinion)
5 (15.6%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (3.1%)

pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)

[personal profile] pauamma 2017-02-27 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
Would it work as well with PNG, GIF, and SVG images?

[personal profile] swaldman 2017-02-27 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
With changes : should definitely be the EXIF caption field, not the comment, as that is explicitly what it is for. (maybe use JPEG comment if there's no EXIF data?)

And this should be applied not just to DW image hosting, but to the "insert image" dialog box on the update page as a default for the alt text. (I realise that what makes a good caption doesn't necessarily make good alt text, but it's better than nothing)
Edited 2017-02-27 08:14 (UTC)
juniperphoenix: Fire in the shape of a bird (Default)

[personal profile] juniperphoenix 2017-02-27 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there a risk that the metadata for an image might include sensitive information such as the location where the photo was taken? If so, I'd want to make sure there's a step that gives the poster the opportunity to review the metadata before it goes live on DW.

(I don't take photos with my phone, so I don't know what kinds of metadata are usually automatically included in such photos.)