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SOCIAL NEWS: LinkedIn announces accessibility enhancements

LinkedIn has announced accessibility enhancements in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

Carried out by their accessibility web developer Task Force, LinkedIn believes these updates will help professionals of all backgrounds and abilities be more productive and successful.

The enhancements include improved site navigation. This will allow members who navigate with a keyboard to better perceive where they are on the web page to save time moving between professional content and features.

Plus, the professional network will now send notifications to members who navigate with a keyboard. Users will be notified in real-time when another user has liked a post, viewed their profile or accepted an invitation. 

LinkedIn has also added image descriptions, and all major areas of the site will include image text alternatives. This will supply blind and low-vision members with additional context when navigating the news feed or viewing profiles of other members.

LinkedIn’s Sarah Clatterbuck said: “We’re excited to continue building a great experience for all of our LinkedIn members, and hope you’ll join us in the effort to advance digital accessibility around the world. Next up, we’re working on an in-page navigation tool to help keyboard and screen reader users better navigate long pages."