Types of Bad Accessibility Excuses

Types of Poor Accessibility Paper. Image described in post below.

Image description

  • Nobody else does it
  • There is just not enough time to add ALT text
  • The audience is too small
  • We added it to the backlog
  • Shouldn’t we just build an AI to do this?
  • We can’t really afford it
  • Disabled people don’t use the Internet
  • People with a disability wouldn’t understand anyway
  • Really, disabled people use the Internet?
  • Our target group has no disabilities
  • The tool doesn’t allow it
  • Lighten up, it’s just a meme

Add ALT text to images on Twitter

  1. Start composing a Tweet and add an image.
  2. If you are on mobile, locate the circular “ALT” button that is visible on the image and press it. Skip to step 4.
  3. On desktop, locate the link “Add description” under the image, and click it.
  4. Write the image description. 1,000 characters are allowed. Focus on making it relevant for what is being communicated in the image. This will take practice to get right, so today is good day to start.
  5. Click “Done”, triple check your tweet and send it out into to the world, content with the knowledge that its content will be available to more people.
Two iPhones. The first one displays a tweet being composed with an imge and an arrow pointing to ALT button, labelled with “Tap here to add image description.” The second one displays the same tweet where an image description is being added. An arrow points to the description, labelled “Example of image description”.
Screenshot from twitter.com where a tweet is being composed with an image. An arrow points to the link “Add description” and is labelled with “Tap here to add description”

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Making tech safe and compassionate through design, coaching and teaching. Independent consultant. Co-host of UX Podcast. Primary publication: axbom.com

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