Unfortunately the xkcd "alt text" is, rather than an alt text, an additional component of the joke which doesn't make sense without the picture. You Had One Job, Dude.

Because of how much current geek culture is embodied in, and referenced via, xkcd comics, this is a rather larger issue than it would initially seem.


@feonixrift Until Monroe addresses this issue himself, I can recommend explainxkcd.com . It has good transcripts of what is depicted, as well as explanations for those who lack the knowledge to get the jokes.

@alcinnz next up: browser plugin to replace xkcd links with explainxkcd links, to go along with replacing twitter links with nitter links, etc...

@najodleglejszy @feonixrift I've got Redirector builtin to my browser engines already... Mostly for the sake of a FarSide.Link plugin...

@najodleglejszy @feonixrift Sounds appropriate! Unless you're writing from relative scratch like me...

Haskell's regexp package pretty much implemented everything for me!

@alcinnz yeah well, the only thing I've ever written from scratch myself was a shopping list (:

@meena @najodleglejszy @feonixrift @alcinnz m.xkcd.com has a small toggle next to the comic title that pops out the alt text on the web page.

(I did have to search for this since I somehow remembered this version existed, but it doesn't seem to be linked from anywhere on the current main xkcd site...)

Also each comic has an accompanying info.0.json file in the same directory that contains the alt text (and a comic transcript, when available) - admittedly not immediately useful.

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