Twitter Aims to Make Images Accessible to Everyone

Mar 31, 2016

Twitter announced via its blog that it will be working to make images accessible to everyone--even the visually impaired. People using the IOS and Android apps can now add photo descriptions, which will then be available to people using assistive technology.

According to the blog post, "The next time you add an image to a Tweet, each thumbnail in the composer will have an add description button. Tap it to add a description to the image...Descriptions can be up to 420 characters." In addition, Twitter has extended its platform products to the REST API and Twitter Cards which it says "is especially important for specialized Twitter clients for the visually impaired."