A11yBoard Google Slides Extension Makes Presentation Software More Accessible for the Blind

A11yBoard Google Slides Extension Makes Presentation Software More Accessible for the Blind

Developing and Deploying a Real-World Solution for Accessible Slide Reading and Authoring for Blind Users

Published: 2023/10/30
Author: University of Washington – Contact: washington.edu
Peer-Reviewed: N/A – Publication Type: Reports and Proceedings
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Synopsis: A11yBoard for Google Slides is a browser extension and phone app that allows blind users to navigate through complex slide layouts and text. A11yBoard lets users work with audio, touch, gesture, speech recognition and search to understand where different objects are located on a slide and move these objects around to create rich layouts. A11yBoard for Google Slides builds on a line of research in Wobbrock’s lab exploring how blind users interact with “artboards” – digital canvases on which users work with objects such as textboxes, shapes, images and diagrams.

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Screen readers, which convert digital text to audio, can make computers more accessible to many disabled users – including those who are blind, low vision or dyslexic. Yet slideshow software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides, isn’t designed to make screen reader output coherent. Such [...]

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