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Instagram launches accessibility function; know how to use alternative text | Social networks

Instagram announced on Wednesday (28) new accessibility features in the app for people with vision problems. The social network now uses virtual intelligence to create a detailed description of the photos, which is read by screen readers, such as Voice Over on the iPhone (iOS) and TalkBack on Android. In addition, if desired, the user can add his own alternative caption in the advanced publishing settings.

In the following tutorial, check out how to use Instagram's new accessibility tool to make your photos more accessible to people with special needs. The procedure was performed on an iPhone 5C with iOS 10, but the tips are also valid for devices with the Google system.

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Instagram gains accessibility feature for people with vision problems Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudoInstagram gains accessibility feature for people with vision problems Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo

Instagram gains accessibility feature for people with vision problems Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo

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Step 1. Open Instagram and tap "+" to create a new publication. Choose a photo and tap "Next" in the upper right corner;

Creating a new publication Foto: Reproduo / Helito BeggioraCreating a new publication Foto: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Creating a new publication Foto: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. If you want, choose a filter and make the desired edits. Advance again and, on the next screen, tap "Advanced settings";

Access the advanced publishing settings Foto: Reproduo / Helito BeggioraAccess the advanced publishing settings Foto: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Access the advanced publishing settings Foto: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 3. Tap "Write alternative text" and describe your photo. Finally, tap "Finish" and proceed with the publication.

Adding alternative photo caption Photo: Reproduo / Helito BeggioraAdding alternative photo caption Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Adding alternative photo caption Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Ready! Remember that the alternative caption does not appear in your photo and can only be read by the accessibility tools of the cell phone.

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