[Athen] google gmail, google drive accessibility

Russell Solowoniuk SolowoniukR at macewan.ca
Wed Oct 28 14:15:10 PDT 2015

Hi Howard,

I just tried attaching a file to a GMail message (using the web-based GMail) with Jaws 16 in Firefox 41, and IE 11. In both cases I was able to navigate to the Google Drive folder and choose a file... Jaws read the filenames in Google Drive just fine.

Hope this helps.


Russell Solowoniuk
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>>> Howard Kramer <hkramer at ahead.org> 10/28/2015 2:28 PM >>>

(Please excuse the cross-posts)

Does anyone know if google gmail and drive are yet accessible to
screenreaders such as JAWS and NVDA? We recently had a student report
working with a team of students where it was required to attached documents
from Google drive via email. This student was using JAWS with Google gmail.
Reportedly, she could open up the gmail dialogue to attach a document but
could not read any document names from drive to select the appropriate
file. Has anyone else encountered this issue?

One other - perhaps larger - question: what do you do if an application
such as Gmail with Google Drive only works with a screenreader/browser
combination a student AT user does not regularly use. Where is the line -
or is there a point - where you require the student to use a different

Thanks in advance.


Howard Kramer
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