Showing posts with label Google Apps accessibility. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Apps accessibility. Show all posts

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Improved Voice Typing in Google Docs - A List of Commands

Yesterday, Google released a bunch of updates to G Suite for Education. One of those updates was an expansion of the voice typing commands available in Google Documents.

The voice typing commands in Google Documents now includes options for highlighting text, inserting links, adding comments, and creating and editing tables in your documents. Visit Google's complete list of commands to see everything that is possible with the voice typing feature in Google Documents. Watch the video below to learn how to access the voice typing option.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Improved Voice Commands and More New Google Apps Features Released This Week

A few months ago Google adding voice typing as a native feature in Google Docs. This week they improved the voice typing feature by adding a slew of new commands. You can now use voice commands to do things like add and edit tables, select and highlight text, and format text. A complete list of voice commands can be found here.


The Google Sheets Android app received an update this week. The next time you update the app you will be able to view images that are included in your spreadsheets.

The Google Slides Android app was updated this week. The latest version of the app allows you to choose and change the themes of your presentations.

Applications for Education
Of these three updates, the improved voice typing is the most significant one for students and teachers. Voice typing and voice commands in Google Docs should prove to be a benefit to students who need more accessibility options in Google Documents. For more about Google Docs accessibility see the Google Apps user guide to accessibility.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Google's Guides to Apps Accessibility

This morning I received an email from a reader who wanted to know if I had any resources about user accessibility of Google Apps. I couldn't think of a better resource to share than Google's own guides to Google Apps accessibility.

Google offers two Google Apps accessibility guides. There is a guide for administrators and a guide for users.

The Google Apps user guide to accessibility is designed for end users. The user guide is divided into sixteen sections. In the first section you will find recommendations for the best screen readers to use while using Google Apps on Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS computers. The other sections of the guide are devoted to specific products within the Google Apps suite including Google Classroom. Each section contains information on accessibility shortcuts, screen reader instructions for each app, and in some sections you will find how to videos like this one for using a screen reader with Google Docs.


The Google Apps administrator guide to accessibility covers much of what you will find in the user guide, but also includes recommended settings to apply within your Google Apps admin console.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Google Apps Accessibility Guides for Administrators

Yesterday, the Official Google Blog had a post about the accessibility features of Chrome, Google Apps, and the Android OS. Included in that post is a link to the Google Apps accessibility guides for blind and low-vision users. The guides cover Gmail, Drive (including Doc, Sheets, and Slides), and calendar. If you're a Google Apps for Education domain administrator you will also want to take note of the Administrator Guide to Accessibility that includes recommendations for control panel settings as well as recommendations for screen readers. 


You can download this guide for personal use, not for redistribution, here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Google Guide to Google Apps Accessibility

Yesterday, Google released a short PDF all about accessibility of Google Apps. The Administrator Guide to Accessibility (link opens a PDF) is a twenty-one page guide to accessibility settings in Google Apps. The guide covers accessibility settings for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Presentations. The guide also covers apps that are not fully accessible yet including some features of Sites, Chat, and Groups.

Applications for Education
If you're a Google Apps administrator in your school, this guide is for you. If your school uses Google Apps for Education and you work with students who use assistive technology, this guide could be a handy resource for you too.