Re: PGP Signed Tweets

Commented on PGP Signed Tweets via Hacker News:

I just tested this with VoiceOver and when it reaches the image, it tries to read aloud the alt text of the image, so it starts reading each character and number, almost as if it went bonkers.

Therefore yeah, while it is a cool experiment to show how to hide additional data on tweets (it doesn't seem that Twitter search includes alt texts, unlike other stuff like display names or handles), it is also disrespectful and unpolite to users who depend on accessibility features like screen readers.

(There are already other subtle ways to be unpolite to screen reader users on Twitter, such as sharing critical but well-designed announcements inside images with no alternate text available and no link to a text-only version – something that governments seems to do often once they get aboard the Twitter train)