Making LinkedIn More Accessible

May 9, 2013

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we are happy to share some enhancements to LinkedIn to help professionals of all backgrounds and abilities be more productive and successful. What started out as a few passion projects by members of LinkedIn’s web development team has now become the formation of our Accessibility Web Developer Task Force, dedicated to making LinkedIn user experiences inclusive and accessible. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

Improved Site Navigation: Members who navigate with a keyboard can now better perceive where they are on a LinkedIn page and save time in moving between professional content and features.

Interacting with LinkedIn: We’re bringing Notifications to members who navigate with a keyboard, so they can now be notified in real-time when someone likes what they’ve shared on LinkedIn, profile views, invitation acceptances, and much more. Actions like sending messages and interacting with dialog boxes are quick and easy for keyboard and screen reader users.
Added Image Descriptions: All major areas of the site now include image text alternatives so that blind and low-vision members have more context when doing things like navigating news from their networks in the LinkedIn feed or checking out profiles of other members.

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. Stay tuned!