[NABS-L] Google Docs and JAWS
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Mon Feb 25 19:26:23 UTC 2019
For drive access, Google supplies an application known as the. Drive file stream, which will allow you to access your google drive files directly through your local file browser. I could agree with others that for apps such as Docs, Slides and Sheets I had a better luck with NVDA on Chrome for sure, though for whatever reason Google recommended using Google apps with Firefox. The lag is evident though because the way Google apps work over the cloud and for real time collaboration. I would love to see Google developing dedicated apps for their suite of apps for both Mac and Windows for improved accessibility.
Hope this helps,
> On Feb 25, 2019, at 12:43 PM, Miso Kwak via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> in my personal experience lately, I find that Chrome is more
> compatible than Firefox, but of course you should experiment with
> different options and see what makes the most sense for you.
> Downloading it as word file and editing it, or writing what you want
> to write in a ms word or notepad, then copy and pasting it to the
> Google Doc is a great option.
> The first option can be little cumbersome/inconvenient, however, when
> you are working in a group collaboration.
> On 2/25/19, simon bonenfant via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org <mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
>> Hello All. From what I've found Google Docs with Jaws is not that great.
>> It's difficult to even get to the edit field not to mention it's a bit laggy
>> when typing. As far as google drive and docs applications I can't say about
>> them because my school uses the google classroom platform.
>> However when I open things from Google Classroom they open in docs so that
>> part I am a little familiar with. I would simly suggest downloading the file
>> as a word document, editing it in word, then emailing it to the teacher. To
>> do this within a google doc press altogether shift then the letter f. That
>> will take you to the menu bar of docs. Press the down arrow to an option
>> that is labeled as download as. Phess the right arrow to find the list of
>> document formats then press up arrow until you find the microsoft word docx
>> Once you press enter the file will begin downloading. The thing with google
>> docs is the menu structure with keyboard commands is different.
>> This is because google docs has their own accessibility mode. It needs a
>> lot of work in my opinion but anyway that mode replaces the commands that
>> work in a regular web browser and changes them slightly.
>> By the way it has also been suggested to me to use the firefox browser with
>> Jaws. I thought it would work better with Chrome but that is not working
>> that well and my use with firefox seems to work a little better then
>> Sent from my braille note touch.
>> On Feb 25, 2019 11:43 AM, Chris Nusbaum via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>> Hi Fellow NABSTERS:
>>> My college is one of the ever-increasing number of schools which has
>>> jumped entirely on the Google train and is now using G-Suite apps for
>>> virtually everything. I have long thought that the most accessible way to
>>> work with Google Docs and Google Drive is to use their apps on iOS with
>>> VoiceOver and (if one is available) a Braille display. However, it seems
>>> that recent updates to both the Docs app and iOS have made editing Google
>>> docs with a Braille display a bit tricky. So I'm wondering if a PC would
>>> be better.
>>> I have noticed that a friend of mine is using the Google Drive program on
>>> Windows very successfully. From what I have observed, she is able to at
>>> least save Word files to and open them from Google Drive with an interface
>>> similar to Dropbox's. However, I don't know how nicely Google Docs files
>>> play with JAWS at this point. So, is there a good accessible way to read,
>>> write and edit Google docs on a PC with JAWS? If so, what should I use?
>>> Chris Nusbaum
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