Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Twitter Updates Its Service To Be More Accessible To The Visually Impaired

Today begins a new feat by Twitter as it creates a unique way of interacting with images by adding description to images in Tweets. 

The announcement was made this morning in it's official blog. People using iOS and Android apps can add descriptions; also known as "alternative text" (alt text) to images while Tweeting. 

This new feature will assist visually impaired people the chance to hear what an image is about even when they can’t make out the details or see it.
"With this update, we're empowering everyone to ensure content shared on Twitter is accessible to the widest possible audience."  - Twitter
To simply use this features which is available in Twitter’s iOS and Android applications, you will 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.

No doubt, this will be an amazing photo innovation to experience in the Twitter world!

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