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Advances in New Technologies, Interactive Interfaces, and Communicability

Volume 6616 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 20-29

Making “Google Docs” User Interface More Accessible for Blind People

  • Giulio MoriAffiliated withCNR-IIT
  • , Maria Claudia BuzziAffiliated withCNR-IIT
  • , Marina BuzziAffiliated withCNR-IIT
  • , Barbara LeporiniAffiliated withCNR-ISTI
  • , Victor M. R. PenichetAffiliated withComputer Systems Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha

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Abstract

Groupware systems are increasingly embedded in our everyday life, both at the office and at home. Thus groupware systems should offer easy interaction for all, including the differently-abled. In this paper we describe the design and implementation of a modified version of Google Docs ( http://docs.google.com ) interfaces for collaborative editing of documents. Although consisting of only a few Web pages (login, document list, text editing) this modified version shows how it would be possible to enhance interaction via screen reader and voice synthesizer with this popular groupware system, while maintaining its appealing “look&feel”.

Keywords

Accessibility usability groupware collaborative editing screen reader blind