The web is, of course, a more difficult medium for visually impaired users who face a unique set of challenges. Usually, members of this community utilize screen readers to tell them verbally what is on their screen. Additionally, visually impaired users might use keyboard shortcuts to perform the same functions a mouse would like opening files and highlighting text. Google, however, over the past few months say that they've been working with advocacy organizations for the blind to improve their services and make them more accessible.
Being accessible for the visually impaired means more than having a Braille keyboard
Google's listened to the advocacy groups' concerns and introduced accessibility enhancements to some of their products like Google Docs, Calendar and Sites. The enhancements include new keyboard shortcuts and improved screen reader support in the previously mentioned services. Google hopes that these enhancements will assist blind users better, particularly blind students who might use Google applications to study, take tests, and even talk to classmates. To read more on how you can use enhanced accessibility on Google, click here. Also for enterprise users, Google will be hosting a Webinar on enhanced accessibility for which you can sign up here.
Published Date: Sep 17, 2011 12:07 pm | Updated Date: Sep 17, 2011 12:07 pm