Hey #Fediverse. When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.

Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude

@LiamErven @switchingsocial@mastodon.at Here's an idea: Mastodon should, by default, have a modal dialog that takes you to each piece of media you’re trying to toot to enter a description if you haven’t already when you hit send. Why should accessibility be optional? It should be by default.

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@aral @LiamErven @switchingsocial @Gargron I don’t think forcing people will make them consider accessibility. You’ll just end up with people typing nonsense/empty spaces to make the dialog go away. I think the default of having the image description option there and visible when you add an image is an brilliant easy way to raise awareness of the possibility. More so, we just need to help people care about it, and write good descriptions.

@laura @aral @LiamErven @switchingsocial@mastodon.at @Gargron Is it forcing or is it about ethical defaults? Currently we have inaccessible by default. Should images be accessible by default? (Same argument is used for privacy. Mozilla says Google is popular so it's the default but you have the choice to pick a private search engine so it's OK. Yet surveillance by default is the antithesis of private.) So how is inaccessible by default different? Surely accessible should mean ‘accessible by default’… no?

@aral @LiamErven @switchingsocial @Gargron it is accessible by default, the input is there by default. So you are opting out when you choose not to use it. If you were to make a toot not send unless you fill out that field, I can’t imagine the net effect would be beneficial? (Though that could be some kind of option you could enable to remind yourself to fill it out for your own toots?)

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@laura @LiamErven @switchingsocial@mastodon.at @Gargron Given @LiamErven is the one personally affected by this, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if, you don’t mind sharing them. Liam, if you were designing/developing Mastodon, how would you design it?

@aral @laura @LiamErven @switchingsocial @Gargron We used to require alternative text in client projects and made sure to train clients on proper alt text. They still often got it wrong, we found “alternative” or “text” or “image” used as an alt text. Plus there are situations where an empty alt text is totally sufficient, for example tooting about a conference and have their logo as an image attached.

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