Now Visually Impaired Can Also Access Twitter Accounts

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Twitter recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. On that day, they announced specific features of Twitter for the visually impaired. This interface just made it friendlier to the blind and those who are vision impaired. Not all developers and tech services consider the visually impaired when rolling out their latest designs and updates, so it’s refreshing when one finally does.

Recently, Twitter announced on its blog that it’s making its images accessible to everyone.  The motivation for the decision seems to be the company’s philosophy that pictures are at the core of its micro-blogging experience. So if those with sight can partake in this experience, why shouldn’t an effort be made to include the visually impaired?

All clients now have the alternative of adding descriptions to the pictures that they share. Clients who empower this new element have the opportunity to compose a short subtitle with each picture. Interestingly, the character limit for these new subtitles is 420 characters, which is significantly longer than Twitter’s current limit for its tweet text. which is seriously longer than its tweet text limit.

This redesign of the images interface is only available for iOS and Android platforms, however; no word yet on whether this feature will eventually roll out to Twitter desktop versions.

Individuals inspired by utilizing alt message just need to go to the application’s availability settings. Once there, they can empower this new feature by selecting the make picture descriptions choices from inside of the menu. After users have enabled it, they will start seeing an “add description” button next to every thumbnail in the composer when they want to tweet an image. They can tap the button to add the short title.

Clients who are outwardly impaired can “see” the description because of their assistive innovation, for example, screen readers or braille gadgets.

For thorough and more detailed instructions on how clients can empower this “include description” feature on their iOS or Android devices, see this walkthrough.

As a reward, Twitter has extended its platform products to both the REST API and also Twitter Cards. This is part of an effort to ensure that distributors and outsider customers have the opportunity to add descriptions to their images.

This is very episodic to specific Twitter clients that already cater to the visually impaired. Examples include:

  • Chicken Nugget – A Windows Twitter client that makes all parts of Twitter accessible to blind people due to its efficient screen-readers feature

  • EasyChirp – A web-accessible alternative to the Twitter site for the visually impaired.

  • TheQube – A social networking client written mainly or the blind and other visually impaired users.

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