[Athen] Google Docs and Google Slides Accessibility
SolowoniukR at macewan.ca
Thu Aug 27 10:08:34 PDT 2015
I've never used Google Slides, but did just go and try to create a new slide show. I opened Google Docs, went to the file menu, then new, then presentation. It's a bit confusing, but when I press tab, I hear "Title", so I type the title for that slide. I then press tab until I hear Body, and type the text I wish in the body of the slide. When I am done with the slide, I press CTRL + M for a new slide, and repeat the process. There is a link to go to an HTML view of the presentation... you need to first press Insert Z to be able to access this link.
I will need to play around with this a little more, but, I think with some practice it may be doable with a screen reader.
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>>> Samantha Johns <samanj at pdx.edu> 8/27/2015 10:07 AM >>>
Thank you, I was playing around with these settings you mention yesterday,
not luck yet, but still working on it. What exactly have you encountered
with Google Slides?
Is it readable by AT technology?
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On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 2:47 PM, Russell Solowoniuk <SolowoniukR at macewan.ca>
> Hi Samantha,
> I've had good luck using Jaws with Google Docs, mostly the word processing
> app. Below are some steps to set things up so that Jaws works well.
> Enabling Braille support is very important, as before I did this navigation
> was excruciatingly slow.
> Hope this helps,
> Set Up Jaws to Work with Google Docs
> In order for Jaws to work in Google Docs you must first enable both screen
> reader support and Braille support. Below are instructions to accomplish
> For Windows users, NVDA is the recommended screen reader for using Google
> Docs. However, if you're using JAWS, we recommend Mozilla Firefox as your
> browser with the latest version of JAWS.
> If you're using Firefox, follow these steps to adjust your JAWS settings
> for Google Docs:
> 1. Open a document in Google Docs.
> 2. Listen for these words: "Screen reader support enabled." If you don't
> hear this feedback, press Control + Alt + Z to enable screen reader
> support. You should hear "Screen reader support enabled." Google Docs will
> remember this setting the next time you sign in.
> 3. Set key echoing to no echoing: Press JAWS + 2 until you hear "None."
> 4. Turn off the virtual cursor: Press JAWS + Z until you hear "Use virtual
> PC cursor off." Then press JAWS + Z + Z until you hear "The virtual cursor
> will be turned off for all applications."
> 5. Disable both "Auto forms mode" and "Forms mode off when new page
> loads": Ensure that the screen reader's focus is on the top toolbar, and
> then press JAWS + V. In the settings window, search for "Forms options" and
> uncheck both "Auto forms mode" and "Forms mode off when new page loads."
> Then press OK.
> 6. Tab from the address bar through the Google Docs toolbar controls until
> you hear application mode announced. At that point, press Escape to return
> to the content of your document.
> Enable Braille support
> To enable Braille support, follow these steps:
> 1. Open a document, presentation, or drawing in Google Chrome, Firefox, or
> Internet Explorer.
> 2. If you haven't already enabled screen reader support, press Control +
> Alt + Z (Windows) or Command + Option + Z (Mac).
> 3. Press Alt + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or Option + / (Mac) to open a menu
> 4. Type "Braille" to locate the Enable Braille support command. You'll
> hear "Enable Braille support, not checked."
> 5. Press Enter. You'll hear "Braille support enabled."
> To disable Braille support, repeat steps 3 - 5 above. After you press
> Enter, you'll hear "Braille support disabled."
> If you enable or disable Braille support in Google Docs, Google Slides, or
> Google Drawings, the setting applies whenever you sign in to any of these
> Follow the link below for additional information on using Google Docs with
> a screen reader.
> Russell Solowoniuk
> AT Educational Assistant, Services to Students with Disabilities
> MacEwan University
> 7-198 D4, 10700-104 Ave.
> Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
> E: solowoniukr at macewan.ca
> T: 780-497-5826
> F: 780-497-4018
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> >>> Samantha Johns <samanj at pdx.edu> 8/26/2015 3:19 PM >>>
> Hello all,
> I am currently testing out Google DOCS and Google SLIDES for Accessibility
> with JAWS, VOICE OVER, and NVDA.
> Does anyone have any experience with these platforms?
> Thank you!
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> *Samantha Johns*
> *Accessibility & **Course Support Specialist *
> Portland State University
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