We sometimes take our vision for granted, where we create things like websites and assume that all our visitors have no problem accessing it. However, not all web users are so lucky where some have visual impairments, like being blind, for example. This means that web developers need to consider how to make their websites accessible to them as well.


If you are someone who has visual impairment or knows someone who does, then you might want to consider using Chrome because in an announcement by Google, they have introduced a new feature to its browser that uses machine learning to recognize images on websites. By being able to recognize images, what happens is that users will be able to “read” the image descriptions so that they know what is being displayed.

The best part is that because it uses machine learning, even images that might not have a manually created caption will still be able to benefit from this. According to Google, “Over the past few months of testing, we’ve created more than 10 million descriptions with hundreds of thousands being added every day. The feature is available in English, but we plan to add more languages soon.”

Google also notes that while this will help with websites and images that do not have captions, they still recommend that web developers insert them wherever possible as part of “responsible web authoring”.

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