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Microsoft Edge’s new auto alt-text image feature is expected to help the blind and users with low vision.  

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 Microsoft Edge Auto Alt Text Image Feature To Help Browser Users With Low Vision—Even Blind Individuals

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“Microsoft Edge will now provide auto-generated alt text for images that do not include it,” said Travis Leithead, the Microsoft Edge program manager, via their official blog post. 

He added that the Edge browser’s new feature is an assistive tech specifically developed to allow users to identify what the image is all about quickly. 

Some of you may be asking how can a blind user read the auto-generated alt text. This is where a screen reader comes in. 

Friends or family members of blind people need to install a screen reader so that their computer can generate audio that reads the alt text aloud, allowing the blind user to hear it.  

How Edge’s New Feature Works? 

To use the new auto alt-text image feature, Microsoft Edge needs to connect to Microsoft servers. The browser will send image data anonymously. 

After that, the data image will be processed by artificial intelligence that can identify the elements in the photo. 

This will allow the Edge browser to generate accurate image labels for the unlabeled photos. If you want to see more details about the new function of Microsoft Edge, you can visit this link. 

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For more news updates about Microsoft Edge and other popular browsers, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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