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Instagram rolls out new features for the visually impaired

November 29 , 2018

Instagram is about to get a little more accessible for people with visual impairments. 

Instagram announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out new features that will make the app easier to use for people with visual impairments. The tools will enable them to hear a description of the photos uploaded to the network.

Users can add their own custom alt text that can be read by screen readers to assist those with visual impairments.

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Alternatively, users can let Instagram add alt text automatically, which will use object recognition technology to generate a description of the photo.

All you have to do is to look for “Advanced Settings” at the bottom of your screen before posting to use the custom alternative text option.

Instagram said it has more plans to improve accessibility going forward, but didn’t provide details regarding any future initiatives.


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