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Google Chromebook: an accessible and affordable netbook

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Google has finally launched its long-awaited netbook in Australia. This is welcome news for anyone who wants access to an affordable and light-weight computing device, but also for the blind and vision impaired as it offers some accessibility features which have already been noted by blind users around the world. The Chromebook is a light-weight, powerful netbook that has a browser-based operating system (OS). It is available in two models made by Samsung and Acer.

The Chromebook is different to other netbooks in that it runs on ChromeOS, a browser-based operating system. While Android, Google’s other operating system, is for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, ChromeOS was developed specifically for the Chromebook. Instead of installing apps on the device itself, apps are accessed through an internet connection and web browser.

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Google Chrome OS to have inbuilt screen reader

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According to Google support, the next version of Google Chrome Operating System (OS), an operating system targeted at netbooks, will have an inbuilt screen reader.

The information came to light when Dallas Despain, Accessibility Web Developer at RightNow Technologies, reported on the RightNow blog that the next release of Google Chrome OS will include an inbuilt screen reader available via a Chrome extension called ChromeVox.

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