Google+ increases accessibility by adding new sign language app to hangouts

Google+ gets sign-language app to increase accessibility.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Fri, Mar 1 2013 10:22 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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

Google+ increases accessibility by adding new sign language app to hangouts | TweakTown.com

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

Also released is an updated set of keyboard shortcuts for better accessibility 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 can type 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.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

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