Screen Reader Support, New Keyboard Shortcuts Added In Google Docs and Sites

Google just announced some updates recently made to Google's applications. For Google Docs, Calendar and Sites, the comapny has added new keyboard shortcuts and better screen reader support for blind users.Screen reader support in Google Docs and SitesTo help blind users read, edit and navigate content, Google Docs (including documents list, documents and spreadsheets) and […]

Google just announced some updates recently made to Google's applications. For Google Docs, Calendar and Sites, the comapny has added new keyboard shortcuts and better screen reader support for blind users.

Screen reader support in Google Docs and Sites
To help blind users read, edit and navigate content, Google Docs (including documents list, documents and spreadsheets) and Sites now support two screen readers: JAWS and ChromeVox.

Examples of how screen readers work in Google Docs and Sites:

  • In documents, you'll hear feedback when you format text or insert tables, lists or comments in your document.
  • In spreadsheets, you'll hear the cell's location, contents and comments when moving between cells.
  • In both documents and spreadsheets, you'll hear feedback as you navigate to areas outside the main content area, such as the menu bar, chat pane and dialog boxes.
  • In your documents list, you'll hear feedback when you upload or download a file, organize collections or move between files in your documents list.
  • In Sites, you'll hear feedback as you navigate and manage your sites, create and edit pages, and navigate through menus and dialog boxes.

For a complete list of screen reader-supported features and instructions for how to use them, visit the Docs and Sites help centers.

New keyboard shortcuts now makes it easier to use Google Docs and Sites. In your documents list, for example, you can use the up and down arrow keys to move through the files in the list, and you can open the selected document by hitting Enter.

Here are a few examples of how screen readers and keyboard shortcuts work with Google Calendar:

  • In calendar lists, you can use the up and down arrow keys to navigate between your calendars. For each calendar in the list, you'll hear its name and can use the spacebar to turn the calendar on or off. To remove a calendar from the list, use the delete key.
  • In agenda view, you can use the up and down arrow keys to move between events and use the left and right arrow keys to move between dates. To expand an event and expose the event details, press enter. To go to the event details page, type 'e'. To remove an event, press delete. Although agenda view provides the best screen reader experience today, Google is also working on improved accessibility for other views.
  • In guest list on the create/edit event page, you can navigate around using the up and down arrow keys. Use the spacebar to switch a guest's status between optional and required. To remove a guest from the list, use the delete key.
  • Additional keyboard shortcuts make it easier to use Google Calendar no matter which view or screen you're on. Type 'c' to create an event, '/' to start a search, and '+' to add a calendar.

For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts, please refer to the help center articles for spreadsheets, documents, documents list, Calendar and Sites.