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Hey, web developers! This one’s for you :)

The Google Accessibility Engineering team is super excited to announce the Accessibility Developer Tools Extension for Chrome! It’s available right now in the Chrome Web Store.

Making your web apps accessible means making sure users with disabilities can enjoy the same experience as everyone else. Unfortunately, simple errors — like unlabeled form fields or buttons that can’t receive keyboard focus — can cause BIG problems for these users.

Accessibility Developer Tools is an open source extension that can help you find and eliminate simple accessibility errors in your apps. It adds an Accessibility audit and an Accessibility sidebar pane to the regular Chrome Developer Tools.

Please Note: Because the Accessibility Developer Tools uses an experimental API, you must enable Experimental Extension APIs from chrome://flags and restart Chrome before the extension is installed. If this is not done, you will see an error saying “There was a problem adding the item to Chrome. Please refresh the page and try again.”. You must also be using Chrome 21 or higher.

Let us know what you think in the comments! You can also give us feedback on the Chrome Web Store or on the project issues page on the project site ( http://accessibility-developer-tools.googlecode.com ).

#io12 #a11y #accessibility #chrome
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I found the wrong information source again: http://www.chromevox.com/en/chromeos/getting_started.html
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I'm working at the Accessibility Sandbox until 3:30 today. If you're at Google I/O today, come on over! I'll show you how to use a Chromebox without a display and how to test your website for accessibility errors. We also have candy ;)

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Yes, an Android-shaped keg (kegdroid?) exists. And it's awesome.
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That;s so nerdly awesome! xD
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Goodbye Buenos Aires! I hope I can come back soon :)
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Thanks Rachel for being so nice with all of us, you are REALLY welcome whenever you want to come back, now you have some friends in Argentina
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GDD Buenos Aires is off to a great start! There are so many excited developers here.

Also, the Google+ pin game is a hit! Each attendee was given 5 Google+ pins from a certain area (Stream, Chat, Photos, Hangouts, Circles). If an attendee trades their extra 4 pins with others and collects 5 different Google+ pins, they win a super cute Android robot. Of course there's a rare pin that everyone is trying to get :) :) I wish I had one to give away at my talk...

Twitter is exploding: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%40googledevlatam
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I got one of the androids! =D
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Goodbye Brazil!

I had a awesome time meeting developers, learning about your ninja code, and eating delicious food. I am sorry I have to leave so soon after arriving - hopefully I can come back again someday! It makes me very happy to see such enthusiasm for accessibility :)

On to Argentina!

(well, I'm actually already in my hotel in Buenos Aires but I didn't have internet to make this post until now....)
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That's a great question - you definitely don't want two screen readers talking at once! But users do need to have a way to turn their other screen reader back on when they want to interact with native apps. We don't have a finished solution or recommendation yet but we're working on it :) For end users who rely on a screen reader, we still consider ChromeVox a work in progress.
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+Dominic Mazzoni , Charles Chen, and I have been hard at work putting together  code samples and real world examples for this talk (though the rhyming is not intentional I promise :)

If you're at #io12  I hope you can make it! Otherwise I'll make sure to post a link to the video as soon as it gets posted.
 
Interested in Web Accessibility? Our team's last talk at #io12 at 11:30am today in Room 7.
This session will help you learn through code samples and real world examples how to design and test your web apps for complete accessibility coverage. We will review APIs such as the Text-to-speech (...
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Breakfast at Blue Bottle before my shift at the Accessibility Sandbox at #io12. I can't tell the difference between good coffee and bad coffee... Thankfully +Kelly Sanchez can tell me the difference!
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I love Blue Bottle :) You should try Sightglass coffee too while you're in the area!
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+Peter Lundblad reading a text message...on an Android Jelly Bean device...on stage...at Google I/O...using a Braille display. Is he a superhero?

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Live at Google I/O, it's the Android Accessibility Talk! I'm very proud of my team and all the hard work they've done for Jellybean.

This is happening right now in Room 9! Come on over and learn how to make your Android apps accessible :)

#io12   #a11y  
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You guys are doing great work! This is very important for so many people.
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Today is the last day of GDD in beautiful Buenos Aires! I'll be at the GTUG lounge until the conference ends - come on over! I'd love to meet everybody :)
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Rachel, thanks for taking the time to talk to us and answer that insane amount of questions we asked, I hope you enjoyed your time in Buenos Aires as much as we did having you here.
Again thanks for everything and I hope you have a safe flight with WiFi and a strong tail wind :)

PS: I still can't reach the sky with the "K" shortcut ;)

best wishes,
Juan (from 1969)
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Rowing event outside the Google office in Buenos Aires. It's so cold outside!
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Hope you're having fun despite the cold.
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    Computer Science, 2004 - 2009
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