Reddit, the popular online forum, has recently announced a series of updates aimed at improving the user experience on its mobile app and website.
New Reddit features make the platform even more user-friendly
These updates encompass several significant changes, including a new "media" tab for easier access to visual content, such as images and videos. The layout for search results has also received a refresh, enhancing the overall user experience.
Notably, Reddit has taken steps to accelerate mobile web searches, boasting an 85% improvement in search speed. For users who prefer not to log in, the mobile version of Reddit now offers additional search filters and separate tabs for comments and posts, making it more convenient for casual users to engage in community discussions.
In an effort to be more inclusive, Reddit has made its search feature compatible with screen readers. This entails the addition of labels, roles, values, and states to all elements in the search results page, aiding visually impaired users in understanding available actions and the nature of the results returned.
However, while these updates represent positive strides, they have not fully addressed longstanding issues, particularly in terms of accessibility for the visually impaired. Critics, including members of the subreddit r/blind, have voiced concerns about Reddit's policies, particularly the API crackdown that resulted in the discontinuation of several third-party accessibility apps. Although Reddit exempted some accessibility-focused apps from its API fees later on, critics argue that the platform still lacks sufficient tools for blind users to effectively moderate their own communities.