[Athen] google gmail, google drive accessibility - larger question

Karen Sorensen karen.sorensen at pcc.edu
Fri Oct 30 09:23:48 PDT 2015

Hi Howard,
Great question about whether it's equitable to ask a screen reader user to
switch screen readers because one screen reader can access something that
another cannot.
I personally don't think it's fair, but unfortunately it is the reality we
are dealing with. Maybe we could have a round table at Accessing Higher
Ground about it.
We have a new employee who is a screen reader user, and we are a Google
Apps college. Google Apps has come a long way in regards to accessibility
with non-google screen readers. Chrome has recently become friendly with
VoiceOver and JAWS is also pretty friendly. I can't address your specific
question, but it sounds like others have. Still usability is almost as
important if not equally important to accessibility IMHO. Google really
does need to keep up this documentation
<https://support.google.com/a/answer/1631886?hl=en>. I've heard from screen
reader users that it's not up to date.
My 2 cents,

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
Portland Community College
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