Getting Started with Google Docs using a Screen Reader

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Google Apps is a collection of applications for online collaboration, organization and productivity.  Many school systems are "Going Google".  Did you know that Google recommends the following combination of operating systems, screen readers and web browsers?  

Operating System     Screen Reader     Browser

Microsoft Windows      NVDA                     Firefox

Mac                            VoiceOver               Google Chrome

Chrome OS                ChromeVox             Google Chrome

For information about screen reader instructions for Google Docs using a PC or Mac, go to Google Docs.

To open the list of keyboard shortcuts while using Google Docs, press Ctrl + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or ⌘ + / (Mac) 




Posted by Diane BraunerMar 20, 2017

Hi Mike,

That is a very good question!  Clicking on the URL does not work for me either.  I checked with several knowledgeable Google users, and they did not have any work-arounds, other than the copy and paste that you mentioned.  Please contact Google Accessibility Feedback and let them know  about this issue.

Teacher Hint:  Encourage your students to contact Google Accessibility (Apple Accessibility or the app developer) when an issue is found or if you have a suggestion.  Students and teachers should provide feedback - that is how developers know their is an issue and that the issue is important.  The more people that provide feedback the sooner the issue will be resolved.  FYI:  I personally just provided feedback to Google about the URL issue!

Posted by Diane BraunerMar 20, 2017

These are the directions for activating a link. Not very straight forward.

  1. Go to the Accessibility Menu (alt + a). This is an erratic shortcut key. If you don't hold down the alt key and then press a slowly you will end up in a unknown area. Just make sure to slow down the typing of alt+a and you will hear accessibility.
  2. Arrow down to link or press the letter k, this will open a submenu.
  3. Press next link or the letter k.
  4. This places you at the beginning of the link, so to activate the link you will need to move one or two spaces to the right and then press alt+enter.

Not very elegant but it does work.