New updates by Twitter client app Twitterrific enhance accessibility for vision impaired users

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016 09:06am

Twitterrific, a Mac OS X and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter, has launched a host of new and improved accessibility features for people who are blind or vision impaired for its app update yesterday.  This recent update has seen a vast improvement in the app’s use of VoiceOver and image sharing.

The Twitteriffic blue bird as a 3D representation

Accessibility improvements

According to iTunes, the accessibility improvements listed below have been made to the application.

VoiceOver improvements and bug fixes

  • VoiceOver functionality on tweets now supports standard accessibility options
  • VoiceOver reads if there is an image or quote attached before the timestamp
  • Improved VoiceOver interaction when changing tweet selection via the keyboard
  • VoiceOver and the visual interface’s current tweet selection should no longer get out of sync
  • VoiceOver can access the mark unread/delete thread actions in the direct messages inbox
  • Fixed VoiceOver navigation of direct message threads

Image sharing accessibility improvements

  • After attaching an image to a tweet, you can tap on the thumbnail to add a description for the vision impaired
  • VoiceOver automatically reads descriptions for images that have been annotated with alternate text

The specifications for Twitterrific and download link can be found in the iTunes store.

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