Disability Cool Google?

Google's logo today is... Braille! Well, sighted person's Braille, anyhow. Little dots. Disability cool? Well, of course! It's Louis Braille's birthday, which we learned when we nosed around a bit. It popped right up in the alt tag when you put the cursor over the logo.

Check it out. Well, this was on Jan. 4. If you click the link now, you won't see it. Too bad.

We were alerted to this by an email; another email swiftly followed from another person: " The irony here is that Google's products are largely inaccessible to blind users. Well, at least they alt tagged the image."

No; Google isn't a blog but it's a web thingie so we thought we'd just put this in the WorldOBlogs Dept.

Anybody know about Google and access?

Posted by M Johnson

January 04, 2006 - World-O-Blogs Department | Email this story


Comments (newest comments at bottom)

I would jump to their defense.

Although nobody is perfect when it comes to access - after all, accomodations that we people with disabilities need often conflict with the each other - Google is ready and willing.

I have found that asking questions is quick and easy and they always know a technical expert that can help fix access problems.

Posted by: K O on January 4, 2006 09:43 AM

The question arose about access to the Google logo by people with visual impairments. A friend of mine, who is a true geek, noted on my blog (http://www.chava.chavawilliglevy.com):

When an aural reader encounters the graphic, or for text-based browers, they should hear/read, "A picture of the Braille letters spelling out 'Google.' Happy Birthday Louis Braille!"

Chava Willig Levy

Posted by: Chava Willig Levy on January 5, 2006 11:33 AM

Have you seen Google's bare bones search site? It would certainly be simpler to access with a screen reader than their typical search results page. Check out www.google.com/ie

Posted by: Jane on January 5, 2006 12:31 PM

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