Instagram Allows Users Add "Alt" Text to Photos
Instagram announced on 28th of November, in a short company journal post, that it would make the app more accessible to the visually impaired.
“With over 300 million people within the world who have visual impairments, we all know there are many people who may benefit from a more accessible Instagram,” the company wrote, before describing the new functionality: “Alt text” descriptions for photos in the Feed and therefore the Explore sections of the app, which would enable screen-reading software to automatically describe photos out loud to users.
Users can manually add the descriptions in the advanced settings of their posts, only a slight tweak from what several accessibility-conscious users were doing already — putting more elaborated or literal descriptions of their photos directly in the image’s caption. more importantly, Instagram will use its visual perception capabilities to automatically generate descriptions for images that the poster doesn’t provide them for.
Alternatively, users can let Instagram add ALT text automatically, which can use object recognition technology to come up with a description of the image.
Alt text can be added to photos during the publication method by following the steps below:
- Start by taking a picture | photograph or uploading an existing photo to Instagram.
- Choose a filter and edit the image, then click Next.
- Click Advanced Settings and you can find it at the bottom of the screen.
- Click ALT Text.
- Write your ALT text in the box and click Done.
You can add Alt to existing photos also by following these steps:
- Go to the image and click the three-dot menu icon.
- Click Add ALT Text in the bottom right.
- Write the ALT text in the box and click Done.