Twitter Becomes Easier For Visually Impaired Users
Micro blogging website Twitter on Tuesday announced support for photos with alternative text to help make the platform easier for the visually impaired. The service now allows its Android and iOS app users to add descriptions also known as alternative text (alt text) to images in Tweets. This would help users especially those visually challenged to better understand the image.
“With this update, we’re empowering everyone to ensure content shared on Twitter is accessible to the widest possible audience,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The visually challenged will better understand the image through a description, claims Twitter. The description can be read through assistive technology like screen reader or Braille displays. While in general, tweets cannot exceed more than 140 characters, the company allows for descriptions as long as 420 characters.
User will have to enable this feature by checking compose image descriptions option given in the Twitter app’s accessibility settings. Once enabled, users will see an add description button for every image which they upload next time. For now the update is available only for Android and iOS app. However, publishers and third party users can also access this feature via REST API and Twitter cards.
A Venturebeat report also notes that along with the accessibility addition, the new feature can also make it easier to identify specific tweets. Not only this, the feature could be of great use even within Twitter’s search field, or through API partners.