Thursday 19 January 2017

Twitter adds features for visually impaired users

Mark O'Beirne

Published 30/03/2016 | 13:05

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Twitter has added the ability to add descriptions to pictures, which will make the service more accessible for visually impaired users.

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Twitter has announced new steps to make the site more accessible for visually impaired users.

The service now lets Android and iOS app users add descriptions, or alternative text, to images in tweets. These should help visually impaired users better understand the image.

While tweets are keeping their 140 character limit, these descriptions can be as long as 420 characters. This description can be read through assistive technology like screen reader or Braille displays.

Twitter announced this addition in a blog post, highlighting the importance of photos. “Photos have been at the center of some of the biggest moments on Twitter. As a core part of the Twitter experience, it’s important that images shared on our platform are accessible to everyone, including those who are visually impaired,” it wrote.

“We’re excited to empower our customers and publishers to make images on Twitter accessible to the widest possible audience, so everyone can be included in the conversation and experience the biggest moments together,” Twitter added.

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