This template is constantly evolving, but when we encounter a new image that needs to be described, we typically split the transcription from the description, meaning all existing text should be copied and pasted into the UniD system, so it easily can be heard as a part of the Audio Description. That said, the descriptions are the critical part, in which visual media, without a single story or single meaning, is translated into text.
To approach this challenge, we start by describing in this order:
1. COMPONENT NAME: Start with the type of image, such as MAP:, and this label then should include the basic information to tell the listeners what they will get by selecting this description, such as the title of the image being described (if it has one), who made it (if that seems important), and the year it was created (if that seems important), and its physical location at the place (if that's relevant)
2. DESCRIBING: How would you describe the artifact you are describing? In this order: Size (small / medium / large) / Shape (horizontal / vertical / square / cut-out / oval / circle) / Type (i.e., photograph, chart, or map; see hierarchy below), distinctive characteristics (like the primary or only image on the page), and the point of view that the listener has (through what frame is this image being conveyed?) ... note only if in black and white (not if in color)
3. If multiple types of media in a package, this is the hierarchy we use to stack the descriptions (as UniD style, not based on empirical study):
A. COLLAGE / IMAGE(S) = photo or illustration /
B. MAP /
C. TIMELINE /
D. CHART /
E. QUOTE /
4. If more than 1 of any of these, then signal with a label, like:
IMAGE 1 of 6 over the first one, IMAGE 2 of 6 over the second one, and so on ...
5. If only one of a kind, then just describe it ... as such:
DESCRIPTION: Description goes here
UniD Narrative Style: Who is doing what to whom, when and where and why and how?
CAPTION: Caption goes here
CREDIT: Credit goes here
RELATED TEXT: Related text goes here