[ACBS] google docs access
orangebutterfly87 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 15:45:40 EDT 2012
From the screen reader side of things, Ashley is correct that google
docs are really not accessible. I had to do some tweeking to even get
it to read me bits of text on the screen. Sara's explanation was a
wonderful one of how it works.
As to your other question, last I heard ACB was actually working with
google to increase accessibility. Where that all stands, I do not
know. I'm also frustrated because my job uses google docs because I
work online and it is obviously convenient and makes sense. However, I
don't have access. Luckily it's not a large part of what I do, but it's
On 4/1/2012 12:33 PM, ACBS President wrote:
> I know how google docs work, but I am looking at partial vision side
> of things. So I'll explain how they work. If someone else can give
> information about accessibility with screen readers, that would be great.
> The whole idea of google docs is that they are able to be accessed by
> any computer via your gmail account. So you can use google docs and
> not have to worry about sending yourself multiple attachments with
> various copies of different versions that you save etc.
> In addition, there is a collaborative feature of google docs that is
> often used in organizations and universities. The docs can be shared
> between multiple users to all edit and share. So while one person
> edits the doc, they don't have to attach it in an email to the other
> members of the group for them to see it. For instance, we have a large
> committee on my campus right now for a festival. The intern made
> spreadsheets via google docs with the different jobs available for the
> committee. We can all edit the doc on our own computers and we
> everyone can see it, all seeing what jobs we've signed up for and what
> are still open.
> Google docs can be docs like Word docs, spreadsheets like excel,
> presentations like power points, and forms as well.
> Hope this helps!
> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM, Ashley Bramlett
> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net <mailto:bookwormahb at earthlink.net>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Well, I have a hybrid class for english; that means half online
> work and half in class meetings.
> What exactly is google docs and how does it work?
> Do you attach documents to it or something?
> I realize it is inaccessible to us. How do you get around that? Do
> you write assignments in word and/or email?
> I ask because I encountered google docs in our online class when
> we were supposed to comment on introductions for articles.
> Obviously, I couldn’t read the comments. Jaws only read names of
> classmates, not text.
> So I’ll have to have a sighted reader and hand in my comments on
> And most importantly, has either consumer advocacy group done
> anything about this lack of accessibility?
> What did you do if your class used this platform for writing?
> I fail to see how blind students take online classes with so much
> PDFS, flash based content, multi media presentations and um now
> google docs are just a few accessibility challenges in the online
> class experience.
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