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This Ain't your Father'sChromeVox; Major Updates for Chrome's Screen Reader

Google's Chromebooks have come a long way since their initial introduction, and now the ChromeVox screen reader is taking a major leap forward as well. The new version includes a variety of enhancements including an enhanced keyboard layout, stereo earcons which provide contextual and positioning information, a panel for teachers so they can follow along with what the student is hearing, and USB braille support with the ability to use braille keyboard commands. New ChromeVox menus allow the user to find various menu options, links lists, and other features. All of this and more is explained in more detail on Google's blog post.

ChromeVox Next is available on virtually all current Chromebooks and is the default for version 56 and above. Chromebooks automatically load system updates as they are available, and receive a minimum of five years of updates, so even most older models will be able to take advantage of these features. To enable it, use the Control+Alt+Z keyboard shortcut from anywhere in the operating system. ChromeVox Next is available on Chromebooks only at this time and not from the ChromeVox plugin for the Chrome web browser.

Source: Google Blog
Category: News

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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