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Twitter makes its service more accessible to the visually impaired

Great move! Now, the marketers, graphic designers and publicists of this world only need to make sure to add descriptions to their pictures. Otherwise, it will only be a great feature in theory. But I guess, this will happen over time. 


Twitter announced this morning an effort to make its service more accessible to those who are visually impaired. Specifically, the company is now allowing users to add descriptions to images known as “alternative text,” or “alt text.” This lets people who are taking advantage of assistive technology, including screen readers and braille displays, the chance to hear what an image is about even when they can’t make out the details or see it.

To use the new feature, available in Twitter’s iOS and Android applications, you’ll have to first head into the app’s accessibility settings. From there, you’ll need to enable the option “compose image descriptions.” After this is turned on, you’ll then be able to add a text description the next time you add an image to go along with your tweet by clicking a new “Add description” button.

A change like this isn’t something everyday Twitter users will think about using, of course. However, those who run large…

Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: Twitter makes its service more accessible to the visually impaired


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