According to recent reports, Twitter lets you describe your pics for visually impaired users. The social media platform has an option letting you add a description to your pictures to make images accessible for blind users. Want to set Twitter image descriptions for your photos? Well, we’ve got your back. This how-to article will make you well-versed to set image descriptions on Twitter. Let’s take the plunge.
Set Twitter Image Descriptions for the Visually Impaired
Twitter has introduced descriptions for images with screen readers and Braille displays, adding colors in the Twitter world for visually impaired or blind people. You can set Twitter image descriptions using the Android and iOS version of the app. It enables you to use as many as 420 characters to provide a description for an image, giving details of the picture itself. Also known as alt text, these descriptions are readable by screen readers: that’s what the visually impaired people use to read web pages.
Without taking your more time, here’s how to set Twitter image descriptions for blind users.
- Launch Twitter app on your Android or iOS device
- Tap on the Profile icon
- A drop-down menu will appear. Just select the Settings and Privacy option to continue
- Tap on Accessibility Settings
- Toggle the switch next to Compose image descriptions
- Tap on the Save Changes button
- Once done, tap on the Tweet compose button
- Now, any picture(s) you tweet will have an ‘Add to Description’ button
- Simply tap on the said button. A text box will appear
- Type a description for your pic(s) in the provided box and tap on the Apply button
- Tap on the description again to edit it prior to post the tweet
And that’s it! Once you do so, users who have voiceover enabled can hear your description read out along with your tweet. Though images aren’t a big part of Twitter as they’re of Instagram, they play a vital role in providing crucial context that visually impaired users may miss. It merely takes a few seconds to set an appropriate image description.