Twitter is checking out some upgrades to its image alt-text descriptions for vision-impaired customers, with a brand new ‘ALT’ badge being added to photographs the place selection textual content descriptions are to be had, and an expanded description window to cause them to extra obtainable.
As you’ll see right here, the brand new choice will put extra explicit center of attention on alt-text information, with a mini-window opening up whilst you faucet the ‘ALT’ indicator, outlining the extra element.
For context, it’s conceivable to display Twitter’s alt-text descriptions in-stream now, however no longer in any devoted, stylized layout.
The up to date show would make alt-text descriptions a lot more uncomplicated to make use of, and would most probably support their price to extra customers, whilst additionally bettering common accessibility.
Twitter’s introduced alt-text on photographs since 2016, whilst it’s additionally been operating to make it more uncomplicated for customers so as to add in textual content descriptions to support get entry to for all customers.
Those upgrades had been a part of the platform’s broader accessibility efforts, that have additionally integrated auto captions on movies and improvements to in-app layouts and fonts, in line with accessibility perfect practices.
Upgraded alt-text might be every other great addition – despite the fact that it’s most effective in checking out at this level.
Twitter says that it’s launching the brand new options to a few% of Twitter throughout Android, iOS, and Web. Twitter will assess the result of this preliminary take a look at pool, ahead of settling on a broader roll-out of the replace, most probably in April.