Instagram has added two new features designed to make it easier for visually impaired to use Instagram. These features mean that screen readers will be able to accurately describe what is added to images uploaded to Instagram.
There are hundreds of millions of people in the world with visual impairment. And while this can make everyday life challenging, making the internet almost impossible. However, things improve as more businesses rise to the challenge.
Instagram makes itself more accessible
Instagram makes it more accessible to people with vision impairment in two ways. The first is based on Instagram users to add detailed descriptions of what is in their images. The other uses artificial intelligence to describe what is in the pictures.
The first method is adapted to alternative text, which depends on users adding descriptions of their images. Anyone who uses a screen reader will then be able to hear this description when they look at the photo and help them see the image through the chosen words.
We are proud to improve Instagram for people with visual impairment. From today, we automatically add text to photos on Feed, Explore, and Profile so people who use screen readers can hear what's in the photo. pic.twitter.com/IRsiw8F23V
̵1; Instagram (@instagram) 28th November 2018
You can add alternative text to an Instagram image when you create a new post. Simply click on "Advanced Settings" at the bottom of the page. Then click on "Write All Text". Then you write a detailed description where you paint a picture with words.
The second method is automatic alternative text, which uses object recognition technology to describe what is seen in the pictures. This is supposed to be backed up when people do not add their own alternative text.
Let's Help Anyone Who Loves the Internet
Instagram should be applauded for this move, although it has taken years to implement such a move. As the world is moving more and more online, it's important that we, both technology companies and those who use their services, do not leave anybody behind.
If you are blind or visually impaired, we have previously listed a variety of ways to browse the web. We also offered wizards for accessibility options on Windows 10 and accessibility options on a Chromebook .
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