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I'm describing the downsides of publishing text on the web as a image file, instead of real text. For example:

  • Images are inaccessible for users with visual disabilities (screen-readers need something to speak)
  • Images are harder for services (like Google) to index and search for
  • Images are near-impossible to process and extend with browser extensions and functionality (Ctrl+F, user-chosen fonts, etc.)

I have terms for each of these use-cases: "inaccessible," "machine-unreadable," and "inextensible." But I need to consolidate them into a single term (classification restraints).

I've considered "opaque," but describing images as opaque would more suggest lack of transparent pixels.

  • I guess it causes much inconvenience. Is that too general for your case? – RexYuan Jul 3 '15 at 4:25
  • Consider prefixing one of the following words with "cyber": inflexible, inextensible, brittle. – deadrat Jul 3 '15 at 4:29
  • @RexYuan I describe the practice elsewhere as unsuitable for smartphones and horrible for data plans, so you're right about the general shape of things, but I need a little bit more specific – Tigt Jul 3 '15 at 4:30
  • To compensate there is the alt="explain image" image tag. – Bookeater Jul 3 '15 at 5:02
  • @Bookeater The images in this case require solutions more akin to longdesc – Tigt Jul 3 '15 at 5:06
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You may consider incompatible.

(Of two things) so different in nature as to be incapable of coexisting: cleverness and femininity were seen as incompatible

(Of equipment, computer programs, etc.) not capable of being used in combination: all four prototype camcorders used special tapes and were incompatible with each other

SYNONYMS irreconcilable, conflicting, opposed, opposite, contradictory, antagonistic, antipathetic; clashing, inharmonious, discordant; mutually exclusive

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