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Google Faculty Research Award Focuses on Accessibility

July 2014 – Google Vice President, Vint Cerf, encourages academic faculty focus on accessibility when proposing research for Google’s Faculty Research Award. The award program encourages faculty members at academic institutions to pursue research in various areas of mutual interest. Regarding Internet policy, Google is accepting applications that address the following categories:


September 19, 2012— Google claims to have worked to improve accessibility in Google Docs, Sites, Calendar and mobile apps over the past year. In Google Calendar, there were enhancements in focus handling, keyboard access and navigation. Optical Character Recognition technology was added to Google Drive, which allowed screen readers to read the text in scanned PDFs and images. Related to the Google Apps (Gmail for mobile and Google Drive on iOS and Android), improvements were made to explore-by-touch capabilities and keyboard/trackpad navigability.

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