Sunday, 7 September 2008

07. Google Chrome update

In the spirit of constant review, the blog from the 2nd September 2008 highlighted the release of the new Google Chrome web browsers. Now, after a few days, there has been the opportunity to reflect and review comments on the web. The consensus appears to be along the lines of "Nice browser, but not ready yet."

But, as the illustration shows, there is one good new feature that I like, which is that you can have a visual front page of Bookmarks when you open a new tab (Ctrl T). Of course I would like it differently organised, but it is a start.

On background colours, I have yet to find the control panel.

On increasing text size, it performs well using Ctrl + +. Where both Firefox and Explorer increase the whole page size, Chrome only changes text size. This is better in most cases.

It seems they have some way to go before they have compatibility with all the screen readers.

For a list of the shortcuts mentioned below, see their Keyboard Shortcuts guide.

Jonas Kline (Software Engineer - Accessibility for Google), released the following statement about accessibility on 4th September:

"Google Chrome, our new Open Source browser released on Tuesday, strives to innovate and drive development on the web. This certainly extends to all of our users, and the issue of accessibility is no different.

In the spirit of releasing early and iterating, this version of Chrome has focused on basic support for keyboard navigation and shortcuts, as well as a clean user interface that is simple for all users to navigate. At the same time, we have laid the foundations in place for exposing the appropriate information through the Windows Accessibility APIs (used by screen readers, etc.), as well as support for WAI-ARIA. Users can expect rapid improvements in both of these areas in releases to come.

Accessibility is important to us, and we have for some time worked on its implementation. We look forward to releasing this, and making further improvements for our users."


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