We've improved how comments and highlighted text are announced with braille support enabled in Google Docs. This change makes it easier for users of assistive technology, including screen readers and refreshable braille displays, to interact with comments in documents and identify text with background colors.
When reading the document, you’ll now hear start and end indications for comments and highlights alongside the rest of the text. These announcements will respect the comment and marked text settings that screen readers provide. We hope this additional information serves as useful context and makes it easier to collaborate when working in Google Docs.
- Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
- End users: This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled by the user going to Tools > Accessibility settings > Turn on braille support. Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to Use a braille display with Docs editors.
Users should update to the latest versions of their assistive technologies and browsers to fully benefit from these improvements.
- Rapid Release domains: [Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility) March 29, 2022
- Scheduled Release domains: [Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility) starting on April 11, 2022
Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers
- Google Help: Google Workspace user guide to accessibility
- Google Help: Use a braille display with Docs editors
- Google Workspace Updates Blog: Improvements for braille mode in Google Docs provide a richer, more interactive experience