Google+ Hangouts increase accessibility – adds sign language app for disabled users

This week Google have released two new accessibility features to its social network Google+ as part of its ongoing effort to allow disabled users more usability of its Hangout feature.


The new Sign Language Interpreter app allows deaf or hard of hearing users to include their personal interpreter inside a hangout. The image of the interpreter will be shown in the top right corner of a Hangout window, and will automatically become the main image in the hangout whenever (s)he speaks for the deaf user.

Google have also released is an updated set of keyboard shortcuts for better accessibility. Those will be very helpful for those who might not be able to use the mouse during a hangout. Disabled users can mute their microphones by typing the Ctrl+D command on PC or Command+D on a Mac. To begin a chat, they have to type in Ctrl+B on PC or Command+B for Mac. A full list of shortcuts is accessible by typing “?” during a hangout in the chat window.



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