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A guide to writing accessible image captions

Mashable – Make it easier for everyone to enjoy your pretty Instagram posts and funny tweets: “Making your social media profiles accessible to the majority of people stumbling across your posts is an intentional practice. From Instagram and Twitter photo descriptions to captioning audio on your TikTok videos, you have to consciously add these accessibility considerations. It’s something you should absolutely do to ensure your accounts are navigable by people with various disabilities. Don’t fret: You have most of the tools at your disposal.One of the easiest things you can do is to add alternative text (alt text) image descriptions to your posts. This simple practice has the potential to help the millions of Americans who need assistive technology to access the internet, from people who are blind or have low vision to many others who use screen-reading devices. Once written, the descriptions are added to a website’s HTML, making images easier to translate to screen readers, voice controls, or even directly to braille.For the most part, alt-text is a responsibility of the website designer and is implemented in the coding process, but on profiles where you frequently add images or decorative elements, it’s also something to consider doing yourself. While making these additions won’t take up much of your time, there is an art to ensuring that your alt-text image descriptions are easily read by others’ tech…”

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