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Two more Twitter bots that help with inclusion and accessibility (a11y): @get_altText and @captions_please

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/04/03

  1. [Archive] Alt Text Reader (@get_altText) / Twitter
    I read alt texts from images for you – just mention me in the reply to an image! (alt texts are a cool & accessible way to describe images – see pinned tweet)
    (If I’m broken, complain to @malfynnction)
  2. [Archive] captions_please (@captions_please) / Twitter

    I’m a bot, just starting to beep boop. Tag me in a tweet (or a reply to a tweet) and I’ll do my best to describe the image. Try @captions_please help for more

The first is developed and maintained by [Archive] φnn (@malfynnction) / Twitter with source code at [Wayback/Archive] malfynnction/AltText-Tweeter.

The second is developed and maintained by [Archive] Anil (@TheOtherAnil) / Twitter, with source code at [Wayback/Archive] AnilRedshift/captions_please_go where I learned the bot actually understands more commands, even some German:

Look for these methods in the file [Wayback/Archive] captions_please_go/parse_command.go at main · AnilRedshift/captions_please_go:

  • parseCommand
  • parseGerman
  • parseEnglish
  • parseGermanRemoveModifiers (removes words und and das)
  • parseGermanDirectives (understands the words hilfe, alternativtext, scannen, beschreiben, text)
  • parseEnglish
  • parseEnglishRemoveModifiers (removes words and and the)
  • parseEnglishLang (conditionally removes words in and into)
  • parseEnglishDirectives (understands the phrases help, auto, text, ocr, describe, caption, alttext, alt_text, alt text, translate, get)
  • parseTag (gets the target IETF Language Tag – like du-nl for Dutch-Netherlands or de-de for German-Germany, and fr-be for French-Belgium)
English / German Example Action
(nothing, internally called auto) As in @captions_please Tweets best it can do:

  • alt text if there is an image with an alt attribute,
  • ocr if there is an image without an alt attribute,
  • describe when no alt text or ocr can be returned.
help / hilfe As in @captions_please help Tweets help text
alt text, alttext, alt_text / alternativtext As in @captions_please alt text Tweets user-supplied alt text
ocr, text, get text / scannen As in @captions_please ocr Scan the image for text, then tweets the result
describe, caption / beschreiben As in @captions_please describe Tweets the AI generated description of the image
translate As in @captions_please translate Tweets the translated text

Also observe the commands set boolean flags in a structure, so it is possible to issue multiple commands at once (like @captions_please ocr translate fr-be)

The above Twitter accounts are complementing the below accounts/commands that I wrote about in One of the coolest Twitter bots commands: @AltTextCrew OCR please (and which both are being developed and maintained by [Archive] LGBTired 🏳️‍⚧️⚢ (@hbeckpdx) | Twitter):



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Register for axe-con | Digital Accessibility Conference

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/03/10

Welcome, #a11y squad! Axe-con is committed to providing an accessible conference experience, and having free registration is key to this commitment.

Please fill in the following information on the form below to reserve your spot at axe-con 2023. Registration will provide you with access to the live sessions and on-demand recordings of 60 sessions.

[Wayback/Archive] Register for axe-con | Digital Accessibility Conference

Via [Wayback/Archive] CircuitSwan on Twitter: “Deque Systems axe-con 2023 Free Registration Building accessible experiences #a11y Virtual Conference: March 15-16th, 2023 Registration will provide you with access to the live sessions and on-demand recordings of 60 sessions.”

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The Oxymoron of “Data-Driven Innovation” – Chelsea Troy

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/10/11

Must read: [Wayback/] The Oxymoron of “Data-Driven Innovation” – Chelsea Troy

My summary retweet:

[] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Building for marginalised groups not only broadens your user base, but actually makes your product better for majority groups as well and increases the value of your product and your profits.… “

Do go read it, as there are so many insights in it. Basically data-driven innovation will get you on the wrong side of the 80/20 rule. Better optimise for the 20% of the Pareto Principle.

This goes for any product development, be it software, hardware, services or otherwise.

Via: [] Kristian Köhntopp on Twitter: “The Oxymoron of Data Driven Innovation”


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Inclusie/toegankelijkheid voor het @LUMC_Leiden: een tabel in HTML in plaats van plaatje zonder alt-text – #a11y

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/20

Voor inclusie en toegankelijkheid heb ik het plaatje van de tabel met voedingsmiddelen op [Wayback/Archive] Coloscopie | LUMC onderstaand in een HTML versie gegoten dankzij Google Lens die voor mij de tekst via OCR eruit gehaald heeft.

Dit vanwege een ingreep die binnenkort plaatsvindt waarbij een laxeerprotocol met Picoprep bij hoort.

De tabel als plaatje

De tabel is niet leesbaar voor mensen met een visuele beperking, en is afgedrukt bovendien zo klein dat zelfs voor mensen met een normaal zicht dit bijna niet leesbaar is.

Vanuit oogpunt van (verplichte, zie onder) toegankelijkheid en inclusie van mensen met een beperking is dit onwenselijk.

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To make Twitter a better place for visually impaired: please do without those fancy Unicode letters in your account and messages – Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022 – #a11y

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/19

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so it is a good day to write about a Twitter bot that tries to coerce people in having more accessible Twitter names and messages.

I knew I made a bookmark of [Wayback/Archive] Jacques Favreau on Twitter: “@Conundrum9999 @asciiArtHelpBot will make a little video of reading these things if anybody wants to try it out on a tweet.”

But when searching for it earlier this month, I could not find it (see below how in the end I did find it back).

The tweet was part of a thread that started with this tweet which very well describes why you should refrain from using fancy characters in Tweets or Twitter names:

[Wayback/Archive] Katie Mixtochtli – read my pinned – use alt text on Twitter: “Why you should avoid symbols and nonstandard letters in your twitter name if you want to be screen reader friendly: #DisabilityTwitter #disabilityinclusion Read on to see how “𝕁𝕒𝕞𝕖𝕤 – ʷʰᵉʳᵉ ⁱˢ ᵗʰᵉ ᵖʳᵒᵗᵉˢᵗ – ℂ𝕣𝕠𝕩𝕥𝕠𝕟 liked your reply” sounds to me 👇🏼”

The thread contains the long text you get when a screen reader reads that tweet. A video of that is below, and I saved the thread at [Wayback/Archive] Thread by @Conundrum9999 on Thread Reader App:

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