Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Google aids accessibility with ChromeVox reader, better YouTube captions and more

Engineers from Google have commandeered a booth at this year's CSUN accessibility conference and they're talking up their latest efforts. For the visually impaired, there's now a beta version of a Chrome screen reader called ChromeVox, shown off below in the video. Plus improved shortcuts and screen reader support in Google Docs, Sites and Calendar. Meanwhile, YouTube boasts expanded caption support for the hearing impaired, with automatic captions enabled for 135 million video clips. That is a triple in videos from last years number. 

Check out the video below, and check out the source. The video is also using the new Privacy-Enhanced mode, which means that YouTube will not store any cookies on your computer unless you click the player to view the video.

Source: Google

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