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  Thursday, January 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Google - Hear 'em, See 'em

Accessible searching


Google appears to have a tool or mini app for almost anything.
Here are some of their answers to making information available to the greatest number of people.

(look at 1-800-GOOG-411)


  • Web Search:
    Result pages include headers to delineate logical sections.


  • Accessible Search:
    Promotes results that are accessible.


  • Book Search:
    Full-text access to public-domain works.


  • Gmail:
    A simple yet functional HTML mode that works well with screenreaders.


  • Gmail Mobile:
    A lightweight user interface that is also speech-friendly.


  • Google Maps:
    Easy-to-use textual directions.


  • Calendar:
    A functional, yet speech-friendly user interface.


  • Audio Captchas:
    All services that use Google Accounts provide an audio alternative for the visual challenge-response tests that are used to distinguish humans from machines.


  • Mobile Transcoder:
    A mobile lens for viewing the web that produces accessible views.


  • Google Video:
    Allows uploaded videos to contain captions/subtitles in multiple languages for viewers who are hearing-impaired or unfamiliar with the original language.


  • Google Talk:
    IM clients inside a web browser can pose accessibility challenges, but the use of the open Jabber API means that Google users can choose from a variety of Jabber clients, many of which work well with adaptive technologies.


  • 1-800-GOOG-411:
    Here's an exception to the rule that we deliver most things through a web browser. Our experimental Voice Local Search service lets anyone who can speak into a phone search for a local business by name or category; get connected to the business free of charge; get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone. (Just say "text message".)




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