Technology January 11, 2018
Google adds Braille support, magnifier tool
Google has announced that it has added new accessibility features to Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Google Sheets is getting Braille support and Google Slides and Drawings will get screen magnifier support.
Braille displays are already in place to read and edit texts in Docs, Slides, and Drawings. With the added support for Sheets, users will now be able to read and edit cell contents, as well as navigate between cells on a sheet.
This will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader, for now. The company plans to add support for other platforms and screen readers.
Google is also adding screen magnifier support to Slides and Drawings, apart from the existing support for Docs and Sheets. This option can be used on Mac and Chrome OS devices.
With accessibility features becoming available on more apps and platforms, the blind can now perform tasks they could not have before.
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