I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

@guilevi

Hi.
Actually I don't put description on the images I toot there, usually because they're just funny ones and it stops being funny if it has to be described/explained so the extra work seems pointless to me.

Would you consider that acceptable ? When do you believe it is important to describe images ?

@lienrag here's a guide on when it's acceptable to caption / not caption images for visually impaired

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@dantescanline

Thanks !
I'd say, it's acceptable to not captions images for visually impaired mostly in the same situations where it's acceptable to not translate your toot into Chinese, Somali, Arabic (and so on) for the people who do not read English ?

@dantescanline

So, not that's it not a good thing to do when possible, but I fail to see how it can be a requirement in one situation when it is apparently not in the other ?

@lienrag there is no requirement that you do anything specific in your dealings with others, but why not take an extra five seconds to do it when people are specifically asking for it?

@dantescanline
Good question.
I try to do it when I think of it and when it actually takes five seconds.
A good way to improve the situation is the bar that appears above (or below ?) the toot in glitch-social (I think ? It's been a while), when I see it it reminds me that it's useful and I usually try to caption the image then.

@lienrag @dantescanline a description must always be present with picture even if it seams redondant. You post a picture, you describe the picture. It's all that simple. Even if you think it is not funny to do so.

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