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I would rather see Twitter adding accessibility to its GIFs. In disabled circles, it's common for people to add a descriptor for the GIF, which is awkward and cuts into a limited character count.

I end up not wanting to participate, then feeling a bit guilty because I'm handicapped, though I'm not blind.

There should be native support. This shouldn't be an issue. They offer native support for embedding the GIFs. They should offer native support for the visually impaired. It shouldn't require a workaround.

I think you can already natively add alt text to images including GIFs, but need to enable the UI on your account firist: https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptio...

From the help page:

Note: Image descriptions cannot be added to GIFs or videos.

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