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How to make your tweets accessible

Twitter on a mobile phone
Twitter on a mobile phone Image credit: siliconrepublic.com

You see the letters ALT on our images posted on our Twitter feed? It stands for ‘alternative text’ which provides a text description for people with vision loss.

 It’s so simple to make your posts accessible and from today all our tweets will include a VoiceOver feature for iOS users.

Here’s a step by step guide to how to ensure everyone can interact with your tweets taken from the official Twitter website.

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from twitter.com

Click on the Tweet compose button, or press the “n” key to use the keyboard shortcut.

Attach your photo(s).

Note: For detailed instructions about adding photos to your Tweets, read this article.

To insert descriptive text, click Add description.

Type your description of the image and click the Done button. To edit the description, re-open the Add description dialog prior to posting the Tweet. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

You can add a description to each image in a Tweet.

Note: Image descriptions cannot be added to videos.

How to add image descriptions in Tweets using VoiceOver

Find the Compose Tweet button at the top right of the screen using touch exploration.

Double-tap the Compose Tweet button.

Find the Photo library button using either touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

Double-tap the Photo library button to add an image.

Use touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture to find the image to add.

Double-tap an image to add it and return to the composer.

In the composer, find the image using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

While focused on the image, swipe up or down until you hear "Add description to photo" and then double-tap to add a description for the image.

Type your description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button in the top right of the screen using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

Double-tap the Done button to add the description and return to the composer.

How to edit image descriptions in Tweets using VoiceOver

You can edit your image description prior to posting the Tweet. In the composer, find the image using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

While focused on the image, swipe up or down until you hear "Edit description for photo" and then double-tap to add a description to the image.

Change the description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button in the top right of the screen using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

Double-tap the Done button to add the description and return to the composer.

How to edit image descriptions in Tweets using VoiceOver

You can edit your image description prior to posting the Tweet. In the composer, find the image using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

While focused on the image, swipe up or down until you hear "Edit description for photo" and then double-tap to add a description to the image.

Change the description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button in the top right of the screen using touch exploration or the right/left flick gesture.

Double-tap the Done button to add the description and return to the composer.

Using VoiceOver for Mac with twitter.com

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from twitter.com

Open the Tweet composer using the keyboard shortcut (press the “n” key).

Use the “tab” key to navigate to the Add photos or video button and press “enter”.

Use the file system dialog to choose the image to add.

In the composer, find the image you've added using the “tab” key. The image will be labelled according to the order in which it was added (e.g. "Image 1").

To insert descriptive text, open the thumbnail preview dialog by pressing the “enter” key while focused on the image.

Type your description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button by pressing the “tab” key and press “enter”, or just press “enter” while holding down the “command” key.

To edit the description, re-open the thumbnail preview dialog prior to posting the Tweet.

Using the JAWS for Windows screen reader with twitter.com

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from twitter.com

Press the “insert” and “3” keys together to temporarily bypass JAWS' virtual navigation.

Open the Tweet composer using the keyboard shortcut (press the “n” key).

Use the “tab” key to navigate to the Add photos or video button and press “enter”.

Use the file system dialog to choose the image to add.

In the composer, find the image you've added using the “tab” key. The image will be labelled according to the order in which it was added (e.g. "Image 1").

To insert descriptive text, open the thumbnail preview dialog by pressing the “enter” key while focused on the image.

Type your description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button by pressing the “tab” key and press “enter”, or just press “enter” while holding down the “control” key.

To edit the description, re-open the thumbnail preview dialog prior to posting the Tweet.

Using the NVDA screen reader for Windows with twitter.com

How to add image descriptions in Tweets from twitter.com

Press “insert” and Space keys together to enter forms mode.

Open the Tweet composer using the keyboard shortcut (press the n key).

Use the “tab” key to navigate to the Add photos or video button and press “enter”.

Use the file system dialog to choose the image to add.

In the composer, find the image you've added using the “tab” key. The image will be labelled according to the order in which it was added (e.g. "Image 1").

To insert descriptive text, open the thumbnail preview dialog by pressing the “enter” key while focused on the image.

Type your description of the image. (The limit is 1000 characters.)

Find the Done button by pressing the “tab” key and press “enter”, or just press “enter” while holding down the “control” key.

To edit the description, re-open the thumbnail preview dialog prior to posting the Tweet.

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