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Instagram adds AI image analysis and alt-text to its site


Instagram has recently become more accessible for the visually impaired with the addition of two new types of caption for its image service.

Most visually impaired users have stayed away from Instagram, despite its usefulness as a promotion venue, due to the largely visual nature of its content. That is changing with the addition of captions to the images found on the site.

When posting images, users are now given the option to annotate them with the description of the contents. However, unannotated images still receive AI captions similar to that found on facebook. Objects, people, and text are identified, and, if possible, described.

Those described by users typically have much more detail, but Instagram has indicated that this is only the first in numerous upcoming updates to improve the accessibility of their app and service for people with disabilities. If you have experience with this feature, feel free to share your experience in the comments. What worked well, what didn't, etc? Any tips/tricks for users to get the most out of this change?

Source: Instagram is Becoming More Accessible for the Visually Impaired With Two New Features
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Tangela Mahaffey is a barely reformed English Major currently residing in Colorado. She reads entirely too many fantasy books and takes almost nothing seriously, including herself. She loves technology, music, writing, puns, and cats. She can be reached on twitter @tmmahaff


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