extension ExtPose

XKCD Alt Text

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The XKCD Alt Text extension makes it slightly easier to read the XKCD web comic. It's primary function is to add a description…

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Description from store The XKCD Alt Text extension makes it slightly easier to read the XKCD web comic. It's primary function is to add a description beneath the comic, so that you don't have to try and read the tiny hover text before it fades away. It can also move the header below the comic, to increase visibility. This feature can easily be disabled. Update 2.8.1: Works over HTTPS

Latest reviews

  • (2017-10-13) Chris Harvey: alt != title Great extension and works perfectly as expected. However, the feature moving the site header below the comic—although it can be overridden—should not be the default, as it isn't the main function of the extension. Headers are important for accessibility & navigation and this feature rearranges the actual source markup, which affects screen readers. This feature should be opt-in, not opt-out. (And should use CSS only [e.g. Flexbox] to reorder the view.) Also, one minor distinction: This app does not reveal "alt text"; it reveals "title text", which XKCD uses as supplementary text for the comic. The "alt text" of the image is still unexposed.
  • (2016-02-03) Isak Hvarfner: Uses a background page (which consumes RAM even when not used) and doesn't sync options.
  • (2015-11-09) This is a great idea, but it feels like a hack instead of an extension. It moves the main part of xkcd to the top, and the title text looks really out of place. I'll publish my own extension that does this right if I can ever find the time.
  • (2012-10-28) Maurilio Mesquita: The only thing for the extension to be perfect was to use a smaller fontsize to the description, even the same the rest of xkcd uses.
  • (2012-04-03) MizardX: The design of the site has updated as of April 1st 2012. Just change "$('#middleContent img')" to "$('#comic *[title]')" and change "$(this).after($('<div />')" to "$('#comic').after($('<div />')" in the xkcdalt.js file.
  • (2011-12-05) Stefano s: With last entry there's a bug. The extension redirects to the Money poster adv. Since there will be other images instead of text I believe it should be fixed, for this time I needed to disable it.
  • (2011-10-27) Warren Terrall: Yay! I can actually read the whole text without it disappearing!


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4.5 (25 votes)
Last update / version
2014-01-26 / 2.8.1
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