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Pinterest Rollsout New Disabled Friendly UI Inclusive for All Levels of Vision

In latest updates rolled out across web and mobile apps on Tuesday, Pinterest made its social networking much more friendly specifically for people with disabilities making it much more easier for them to browser, search and save ideas on the platform with clearly labeled icons and components.

The new UI is designed in partnership with Lighthouse to be more inclusive for Pinners who are blind and visually impaired. “We did an accessibility audit and created a list of areas to improve,” stated Pinterest. Some of these include:

  • Better screen reader support makes signing up, browsing and saving easier and more usable.
  • Color contrast sensitivity improvements make our color palettes more readable and easier on the eyes. This is especially helpful for Pinners with sensitivities to bright colors and those who have low vision.
  • Screen shot below is of improved color contrasts in the Pinterest app:

    New PInterest UI with color contrast for visually impaired

  • Focus indicators help people with mobility or visual differences use a keyboard or another device to navigate to see which part of the site is in focus. Here is an screen shot of new indicators:
  • Pinterest Focus Indicators with mobility or visual differences

    Focus indicators on the Pinterest website

In addition to a new UI library with accessible components, a new accessibility best practices for engineers and designers is also now available.

These accessibility standards changes are now available on web and iOS platforms, and will soon also come to the Android.

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