[Athen] Repost: Google Apps Evaluation

Gunderson, Jon R jongund at illinois.edu
Tue May 10 06:29:16 PDT 2011


If we can build a group and start documenting accessibility issues of Google Apps and make those issues available in a public forum like:


I can almost guarantee that you will get Google's attention and some level of participation.

We should use the power of the web to shed light on accessibility improvements that can be made in Google apps.


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From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Greg Kraus
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:15 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Repost: Google Apps Evaluation

Hi Ron,

I've been talking with some members of the Google Apps for Education Team about this and have offered to coordinate with ATHEN an accessibility interest group to work with Google like we have done with Blackboard and Elluminate/Blackboard. We are a Google Apps campus so we definitely have a vested interest in this. So far Google has not taken me up on this offer.

I can say that Google is keenly aware of the issue and is trying to address it. We at NC State have built some relationships with the Google Apps for Education Team so I am happy to coordinate an ATHEN interest group if others are interested in participating.


Greg Kraus
University IT Accessibility Coordinator
Office of Information Technology
North Carolina State University

On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 6:45 PM, Sean J Keegan <skeegan at stanford.edu> wrote:

> Good morning folks, hope you are staying above water!


> I have received several request for ATHEN or another unbiased group to

> do an objective evaluation of the accessibility of the current version

> of Google Apps.  This would be of a similar nature of our work on the

> iTunes work we did a few years back.  If you are aware of anyone who

> has already done a compressive, cross disability evaluation that is

> great and I will pass that on to those who have inquired.


> At this point I am needing someone who has the time and available

> bandwidth to take a project of this nature on and to be the leader of the project.


> Ron Stewart


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