[Athen] Google Docs accessibility

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 14:21:29 PDT 2016

Hello Sarah,

I'm happy to report that Google Docs and the related applications are quite usable and accessible with screen readers and magnification software. WHile we haven't done a formal study, I have been personally using the applications in the suite with others quite successfully. I can report using the applications with NVDA and JAWS as well as Voiceover on the Mac. I know of several individuals who use Docs with magnification software. These experiences go across several browsers. I believe some problems still remain with IE. But, The Docs team is quite responsive when contacted.



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On Aug 10, 2016, at 2:38 PM, Bourne, Sarah (ITD) <sarah.bourne at mass.gov> wrote:

I was just looking at Google’s site, Accessibility for Docs editors and their page Use Google Calendar with a screen reader. It looks like they’ve made some significant improvements since the last studies I saw, the 2012 ATHEN studies.

Has anyone done any formal (or otherwise!) research into their current status since these changes have been made? If you’re using them, have you seen improvements for keyboard-only and screen reader users?

Thank you,

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of IT Accessibility, MassIT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 811 Boston MA 02108
sarah.bourne at mass.gov

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