Twitter adds updated alt text feature in new accessibility upgrade | Mashable


Twitter has addressed a long-awaited accessibility fix this week with its new and improved alternative text tools for users with and without disabilities.

The rollout hopes to make it more obvious to all users that accessible image descriptions are present(Opens in a new window), including an automatic, public badge on all tweets containing images with alt text — you’ll now see a small black icon with the acronym “ALT” in the bottom left corner of an image. After tapping on the badge, users can view exposed image descriptions that can be read without the use of a screen reader, the tried and true “inspect element,” or other adaptive tools.

Previously, it wasn’t clear if an image had alt text on the user-facing side of the website, only visible to users of assistive tools. The change makes it so everyone can see descriptions, which means more people are able to engage with the millions of images and GIF’s posted to Twitter. It’ll hopefully encourage more people make their own profiles accessible, as well.

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Twitter announced that it was working on the feature in early March(Opens in a [...]

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