Pinterest bills itself as more of a visual search engine than a social network, and Wednesday, it announced steps to ensure that the visually impaired are not left out.
The following updates were released Wednesday for iOS and the web, with Pinterest saying in a blog post that Android will be added soon, and adding that the majority of Pinterest is now accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired:
- Screen reader support: People with total or partial vision loss can receive spoken feedback, making it easier for them to sign up for Pinterest, browse and save content.
- Clear focus indicators: People with visual and motoric disabilities can now navigate Pinterest without mice or trackpads, using keyboards or other devices to see which part of the site they are focused on.
- Increased color contrasts: Pinterest made text easier to read by setting it against colored backgrounds, which is especially helpful for users with sensitivities to bright colors or low vision.
- Strong type hierarchy, sizing and bolding (pictured above): Pinterest enabled support for dynamic font sizes, enabling users to change the size of text they see via its default accessibility feature.
Finally, Pinterest compiled a set of accessibility best practices for engineers and designers, as well as a new user interface library with accessible components, and it said accessibility checks are now in place during its internal development and design process in order to ensure that icons and components for any new feature are clearly labeled.