Twitter has added a new feature that allows users to add descriptions and alternative text to images.
These descriptions can be as long as 420 characters and can be read through assistive technology like screen reader or Braille displays. This will help visually impaired users better understand the image, making for a more accessible experience.
Twitter announced the new feature in a blog post. “Photos have been at the center of some of the biggest moments on Twitter,” it wrote. “As a core part of the Twitter experience, it’s important that images shared on our platform are accessible to everyone, including those who are visually impaired.”
“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,” Twitter added.
While the average user may be less likely to add descriptions, at least at first, this is a valuable addition for brands and publishers that want to make the experience better for all.