Understanding how people with disabilities browse the web using assistive technologies (AT) is core to making an accessible and inclusive user experience. Our browsing with assistive technology videos series introduces commonly used software, who uses it, how it works, and ways people navigate content.
Assistive technologies (AT) are software or hardware used by people with disabilities to help them complete a task. While AT can refer to wheelchairs, hearing aids or canes, we look at AT for using a computer and browsing the web, including desktop and mobile screen readers, the keyboard, screen magnification, and speech recognition.
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Browsing with a screen reader
A screen reader is a software application that announces what is on the screen to people who cannot see or understand visual content. They provide access to the entire operating system and applications, including browsers and web content.
Browsing with a desktop screen reader
Read more about browsing with a desktop screen reader.
Browsing with a mobile screen reader
Read more about browsing with a mobile screen reader.
Browsing with a keyboard
Keyboards can be plugged in, built-in or attached wirelessly to desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices. They enable access to the entire operating system and applications, including browsers and web content, for people who do not use a mouse.
Read more about browsing with a keyboard.
Browsing with screen magnification
Screen magnification software enlarges content on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone screen. It magnifies everything on the screen, including the operating system, applications, and content.
Read more about browsing with screen magnification.
Browsing with speech recognition
Speech recognition software listens to human speech, transcribes it into text, and executes spoken commands that operate your computer or device. People commonly use it as an alternative to using a keyboard, mouse or touch gestures. Speech recognition provides access to the entire operating system and applications, including browsers and web content.
Read more about browsing with speech recognition.
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