Twitter adds image descriptions to support visually impaired users
Twitter has announced the addition of image descriptions to help users who are visually impaired. The new minor but significant update is aimed to “empower” everyone on the microblogging platform to access content shared in the form of photos and images.
With the new update, you’ll now have the option to add a description to your images. This works as an alternative text (alt text) and allows visually impaired persons to view your memories using an assistive technology like a screen reader or a braille display. The description can be of up to 420 characters.
How to add an image description on Twitter
Twitter for Android and iOS apps will now come with a new ‘add description’ button. You just need to hit that button once you add an image to let anyone can see what you want to show through your account. It’s worth noting here that the descriptions are only available for still images and are not applicable on GIFs and videos.
Twitter has additionally extended its new update to both the REST API and Twitter Cards. This will help publishers and third-party clients add alt text to their images.
“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,” the company said in a blog post.
The new change is rolling out on Android and iOS starting today. This would also be expanded on the Web in the coming future.