Jwitter has provided an update on his latest accessibility feature that he revealed last month, and that’s with the ALT badge bringing an image description for those who need it. The image description will come from those who tweeted the photo, and audiences who need it can hear what’s in the photo for easier social media access.
Twitter: ALT badge now available, aimed at providing image descriptions
(Photo: Twitter Help)
Twitter announced via its “Accessibility” account that it was bringing the ALT badge function for everyone to use and edit, providing a textual description of the image. Instead of just spreading an image online, it will have an alternative feel that it can bring to a social media user, instead of focusing primarily on the look of the eyes.
The social media company said it spent the last month perfecting the feature for everyone to use, and the company first introduced the feature on March 10. A month later, the feature is now available for access, and it will primarily rely on those who posted the photo to provide image descriptions to those who need them.
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As promised, the ALT badge and exposed image descriptions go global today.
Over the past month, we’ve been fixing bugs and gathering feedback from the limited release group. We are ready. You’re ready. Let’s describe our images! Here’s how: https://t.co/bkJmhRpZPg https://t.co/ep1ireBJGt
— Twitter Accessibility (@TwitterA11y) April 7, 2022
How to Set Up Twitter Image Description for ALT Badges
Twitter said users could easily configure alternate description on their tweets, and it’s accessible under the image, where it has tiny tabs or buttons for tweet controls. Users only need to click “Add Description” and the ALT information will provide a text box where users can freely type whatever they want on the image.
Users can enter up to 1,000 words for the description, and clicking the ALT badge will bring up a screen that displays that text.
Twitter and its new features
One of the latest features of the short-word social media platform is the “Edit button” which will allow users to edit their tweets after posting them to their newsfeed for their followers to see. Twitter said it had been working on the feature for a long time and it didn’t come from Elon Musk, the latest entity to join the social media company as a shareholder.
A feature available for iOS is now making its way to the Android app release, and a leaker said Twitter’s “text selection” is in the works for the Google operating system. Android users, who have a massive existence on the microblogging platform, have been waiting for this feature for years, especially since iOS owners got it earlier than them.
Twitter is now bringing more features, and it’s focusing on accessibility features and other updates that will aim to make the experience better and easier. ALT badges will help those who need to see more than they see, especially those who have issues or challenges with their sense of sight.
The update makes the picture brighter for everyone, and it’s up to content creators or publishers to deliver it to them.
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