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A Look Inside Google’s ‘Reading Mode’ Accessibility Feature For ChromeOS, Chrome Browser

Steven Aquino
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Steven covers accessibility and assistive technology.


Mar 28, 2023,08:00am EDT|

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Google has announced a new “Reading Mode” designed towards dyslexic people.


In a blog post published on Tuesday, Google announced numerous new education-oriented software enhancements for ChromeOS and Google Classroom. The features were introduced coincident with the company attending this year’s BETT conference. The UK edition is being held Wednesday to Friday this week.

“As we head to BETT, we’re sharing five Chromebook updates to help make learning more personal, collaborative and accessible—including [thirteen] new devices, updates to our Screencast and cast moderator features, and a new reading mode in Chrome browser,” wrote ChromeOS product manager Andy Russell.

The marquee feature, which Google says is coming in ChromeOS M114, is something the company is calling Reading Mode. The software is intended to present people with a cleaner, minimalist reading experience by stripping away a webpage’s cruft—navigation controls and and other user interface elements—such that someone can focus [...]

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