3 easy ways to make your tweets more accessible
If you use Twitter for more than doomscrolling, you probably have some type of message you want to get across. To reach as many people as possible, it’s time to keep digital accessibility in mind.
It’s also the right thing to do.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2 billion people worldwide have a vision impairment, many of whom will use screen readers to read online. Folks with processing disorders and learning differences also use screen readers.
Here are three ways you can start being more inclusive on Twitter today:
1. Use camel case
Let’s start with a super simple one: put your hashtags in camel case.
Camel case is simply capitalizing the first letter of each word in a compound word (or hashtag) to make it easier for screen readers and humans to understand.
Think #DigitalAccessibility, not #digitalaccessibility.
And don’t worry—hashtags aren’t case sensitive so Twitter treats them the same either way.
2. Limit your use of emojis
Emojis can be lots of fun, but let’s use them responsibly.
A screen reader will read out the description associated with each emoji. This can make listening to tweets with a lot of emoji confusing—and, I imagine, annoying.
Try to restrict your use of emojis to the end of your tweets, and don’t use them as bullet points. This will keep the focus on your message, not your clever use of emoji.
3. Include alt text with your images
Twitter gives you the option to add a description (also know as alt text) to any image you upload. This alt text will be read aloud by a screen reader to describe the image.
Don’t overcomplicate your alt text. Try to accurately describe what’s in the image, picking out the most important details, and use clear and concise language.
We might not always get this perfect, but making a strong effort to be more accessible online is a win for everyone involved.
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