Chrome book Accessibility features
Not recommended for blind students–still too many barriers to total accessibility and speed with Chromevox
- Accessibility features built into Chrome OS on Chromebooks:
- Screen Magnification
- High Contrast
- Spoken feedback/ChromeVox
- ChromeVox for Google Chrome – text to speech
- Voice Note for Google Chrome – speech to text
- Ipad OS 9 features
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How to Enable Accessibility Options In Chrome OS
To enable accessibility options in Chrome OS, go to settings and search accessibility. You can also access them by going to Settings > Advanced Options > Accessibility
Chromevox Suit of Accessibility Options for Chrome
ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome which brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. Here is a video explaining the features of this extension. http://youtu.be/gZJtLIHZb2s
How Spoken Feedback Works
From the Chrome OS help website:
- On the sign-in screen, the user name field and password prompts are spoken. Your password is not echoed when you enter it for security reasons.
- Once you’re signed in, the Chrome OS screenreader, ChromeVox, is activated. With ChromeVox active, you get spoken feedback for all user actions (e.g. browsing menus, opening webpages).
- ChromeVox provides a set of keyboard commands you can use to navigate Chrome menus and webpages. You can navigate web content in a variety of ways. For example, pressing the arrow keys while holding down the Shift and Search keys moves through the elements on the current page and speaks them intelligently as they are traversed. If you’re using an external keyboard (on a Chromebook or Chromebox), the shortcut keys are Shift and Windows key
ChromeVox User Guide
ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome which brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. The following are a few resources to help you start using ChromeVox or to help you learn new features if you’re an experienced ChromeVox user.
ChromeVox is available as an extension for Google Chrome on Windows and Mac OS and comes built into Chrome OS to provide out of box accessibility. The information below should help you setup ChromeVox in your environment.
ChromeVox is an extension for Google Chrome and is available for one-click install via the Chrome Web store.
Learn how to get up and running with ChromeVox on Chrome OS devices.
This tutorial is intended to be used with ChromeVox running. It’s an interactive walkthrough that introduces ChromeVox features one at a time, and enables you to try them out as you read the tutorial.
A quick-start guide to navigating with ChromeVox.
This page lists all of the ChromeVox keyboard shortcuts for your reference. ChromeVox also includes an interactive command lookup feature.
Details about changes in the 1.31 ChromeVox release available on the Chrome Web Store.
ChromeVox Keyboard Shortcuts Reference
This reference a complete list of all the keyboard commands associated with ChromeVox. These commands can be referenced at any time through the command help menu. Press ChromeVox + Period and use the up and down arrow keys to navigate or begin typing the command you are looking for.
If you are using ChromeVox on Chrome OS, the ChromeVox Keys are Search + Shift. On Mac OS X, the ChromeVox keys are Control + Command and on Windows and other platforms, the ChromeVox keys are Control + Alt.
- On Chrome OS, double-tap the Search key to enable/disable sticky mode.
- On Mac OS, double-tap the left Command key to enable/disable sticky mode.
- On Windows, double-tap the Insert key to enable/disable sticky mode.
The Prefix Key is activated by pressing Control + Z. If the prefix is activated, the next key press will behave as if the ChromeVox keys are enabled. After that, the ChromeVox keys will go back to being off unless the Prefix Key is pressed again.
- Control = Stop speaking the current text
- ChromeVox + Single quote = Increase pitch of speech
- ChromeVox + Semicolon = Decrease pitch of speech
- ChromeVox + Close Bracket = Increase rate of speech
- ChromeVox + Open Bracket = Decrease rate of speech
- ChromeVox + Down = Navigate Forward
- ChromeVox + Up = Navigate backward
- ChromeVox + Right = Navigate forward at a more detailed level
- ChromeVox + Left = Navigate backward at a more detailed level
- ChromeVox + Equals = Change navigation level to more detail
- ChromeVox + Minus = Change navigation level to less detail
- Enter = Activate current item
- ChromeVox + Space = Force click on current item
- ChromeVox + R = Start reading from current location
ChromeVox allows you navigate through lists of similar items, such as links, headers etc. To move to a specific item on a page, press ChromeVox + either N or P. N stands for Next and P stands for Previous.
To move to the next header on the page, press ChromeVox + N then H. To move to the previous header on the page, press ChromeVox + P then H.
You can also move to a specific heading level by pressing ChromeVox + N or P then the number representing that heading level. For example, to move to the next level 2 header, press ChromeVox + N then 2.
- Tab = Jump to next focusable item
- Shift + Tab = Jump to previous focusable item
- Press ChromeVox + N or ChromeVox + P and then one of the following commands:
- A = Anchor
- Q = Block quote
- B = Button
- X = Checkbox
- C = Combobox
- G = Graphic
- H = Heading
- J = Jump
- ; = Landmark
- F = Form Field
- L = Link
- O = List
- I = List item
- R = Radio button
- S = Slider
- T = Table
Table Mode is activated by ChromeVox + Back slash when reading a table. The following are the commands that become available only in table mode.
- ChromeVox + Back space = Force exit table mode
- ChromeVox + Down = Go to next table row
- ChromeVox + Up = Go to previous table row
- ChromeVox + Right = Go to next table column
- ChromeVox + Left = Go to previous table column
- ChromeVox + T then H = Announce headers of the current cell
- ChromeVox + T then L = Announce coordinates of the current cell
- ChromeVox + T then Open bracket = Go to beginning of table
- ChromeVox + T then Close bracket = Go to end of table
- ChromeVox + T then Semicolon = Go to beginning of the current row
- ChromeVox + T then Single quote = Go to end of the current row
- ChromeVox + T then Comma = Go to beginning of the current column
- ChromeVox + T then Period = Go to end of the current column
Use the command help menu ChromeVox + Period to explore additional table commands.
- ChromeVox + O then T = Open ChromeVox Tutorial
- ChromeVox + Period = Show ChromeVox command help
- Escape = Hide ChromeVox command help
- ChromeVox + O then O = Open options page
- ChromeVox + Forward Slash = Enable search within the page.
- Control L = Move to the address bar. From here you can type your search term in the address bar and press Enter to see results. In addition to search terms, you can type in the web address of a site, and press Enter to go to the site.
Working with tabs
- Control + T = Open a new Tab
- Control + W = Close a Tab
- Control + Tab = Move through Tabs
- ChromeVox + O + K = Open keyboard explorer
Chrome OS Keyboard
- An overview of the Chrome OS keyboard layout is available.
- ChromeVox can be activated / deactivated at any time by pressing ChromeVox + A + A
Accessibility Features on a Chromebook
posted Oct 17, 2012, 8:07 AM by Molly Schroeder
|By mistake, one of my teachers found out about the Chromebook Accessibility features. Here is the information on how to Enable Spoken Feedback. Thanks to Scott Johnson for this information!
Enable spoken feedback
If you’re on the main sign-in screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Z to enable or disable spoken feedback. You can also adjust this option on the Settings page.
How spoken feedback works