Twitter wants to help you make your tweets more accessible
Alternative texts are mainly useful for people, especially blind people, who browse online with a screen reader.
Twitter has launched a new feature to encourage its users who post images on the social network to write alternative texts, these descriptions intended for people – in particular blind – who use screen readers to browse online.
Internet users who wish to do so will now be able to receive a notification suggesting that they add an alternative text to their photo before posting a tweet. However, these reminders will not be imposed on all users; you will have to register precisely.
To do this, go to the Accessibility, display and languages section of the account settings. Here, the Receive image description reminder box should be checked. This should already be available for the vast majority of Internet users, according to Twitter, and should become so in the coming weeks for others.
So far, only a small group of people had been able to test the functionality.
Groups advocating for improved online accessibility have been calling for more social media action for a long time. Bots that automatically send messages to people posting images without alt text have, for example, emerged.
Gerard Cohen, a Google engineer who works on accessibility, said in an interview with the specialized media The Verge that this was only a first step towards accessibility.
If it were up to we would snap our fingers and the world would become accessible; we know it was long overdue,” he explained. […] This is just the first step.
Alt texts have been around on Twitter for a while, and the company made them more visible this year, in an effort raising awareness of the importance of accessibility. Images posted with alt text since April have been identified in the lower left corner with a clickable badge that reads ALT.
Courtesy of The Verge