Mozilla Firefox experimenting with automatic Alt text generation

Mozilla Firefox 130 will introduce an experimental new capability to automatically generate alt-text for images using a fully private on-device AI model. The feature will be available as part of Firefox’s built-in PDF editor, and Mozilla’s end goal is to make it available in general browsing for users with screen readers.
For a preview and early feedback check Firefox’ Nightly wiki page.

Futher reading and source:
Tarek Ziadé, Experimenting with local alt text generation in Firefox Nightly (blog post)

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I like that the model can be ran locally and it seems useful to me. I am also concerned that it might seem as if people don’t need to write alt-text, since an AI model can generate it.