Re: general accessibility of Google apps

Jerry Berrier <jerry.berrier@...>

Hi all,


I am a JAWS user. I use Google products every day, and I agree that I lose some productivity.

I use Outlook for Gmail, although I also use the website some of the time.  I have learned some tricks that make it usable, but it’s the least accessible of all of the Google apps I have tried.

Google calendar is wonderfully accessible with JAWS. I almost never revert to the calendar in Outlook.

With Google calendar, it’s easy to invite people to meetings, and I can select a meeting time time based on the availability of the recipients I have added to the invitation.

It’s the one Google app that has added to my productivity.



Jerry Berrier

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From: [] On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:39 PM
Subject: Re: general accessibility of Google apps



I'm not a Google fan, and you are right, the outlook calendar is far better.

But, are you still going to be using Office, or have to use the online Google interface?

I couldn't imagine being nearly as productive with the Google interface.

Good luck,



The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -- Alice Walker


On Feb 27, 2019, at 1:03 PM, Amy Bower <abower@...> wrote:

I just learned that my institution might be switching all of its emailing and calendaring system to Google products. As a long-term Outlook user, this bums me out a lot. I haven’t used Google products much since my first attempts were incredibly frustrating. I think they have come some ways in making their products more accessible to screen readers, but my sense is still that accessibility is still more clunky and cumbersome than e.g., Outlook.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who is a power Google user with Jaws, who can hopefully reassure me that I won’t have to spend weeks learning how to use Google mail etc with Jaws. I’ve struggled through learning how to use Google calendar because I had to for other reasons, but even after 6 months, I find it more cumbersome to use than Outlook. If anyone can point to resources where the accessibility of e.g. Outlook and Google are compared and assessed, that would be helpful. I know there are online resources, including at Freedom Scientific (or whatever they call themselves this week), and the Google people have an accessibility department etc, but when all is said and done, is the accessibility within the Google environment as efficient as in Outlook? I’m not sure I can stop the train at my institution at this point, but I’m willing to try anything. Thanks.


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