Accessibility on Social Media
UH Hilo encourages all social media content creators to take some thoughtful steps, such as using text fields to convey complete descriptions, including alternate text, and providing captions for videos. These steps will ensure that the content published on social media is accessible to all, including those using screen readers or other assistive devices.
- The University of Minnesota's Accessible U provides tutorials for all of the major social media platforms.
- SiteImprove has several helpful tips in a blog article about accessible posting.
- Google makes it easy to add captions to a YouTube video. Learn how to Add your own subtitles & closed captions
- Facebook also allows provides a way to add captions to videos, using the 'Video Settings' dialog.
- On Twitter, the picture descriptions setting allows for you to provide alternate text: Learn How to make images accessible for people using Twitter.
Instagram ( Inaccessible)
The post below is an example of an inaccessible Instagram post. The graphic contains words that are not available to non-sighted users. A screen reader would find no information to convey to a visitor. Also, the word Hawaiʻi is missing the ʻokina character.
Instagram ( accessible)
This example instagram post is more accessible. Although it also uses text in the image (not recommended), that text is also available in the caption for non-sighted users.
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Rethinking Communication & Development in the Post-Globalization Era: An Intercultural Perspective Please join Dr. Yoshitaka Miike of the UH Hilo Communication Department for this free public talk, part of the International Topics Speaker Series. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 5 – 6pm in the Student Services Center, room W-201. The public is welcomed to attend. Dr. Miike will discuss the meanings of communication and development and some lessons learned from development communication and communication for social change. He will also introduce an Eastern philosophy of intercultural relations toward a sustainable global community. alt text: Flags of many countries, the UN global goals logo, the UH Hilo seal, and a profile photo of Dr. Miike.