Google Accessible Search

On Thursday, Google released “Google Accessible Search” which was designed to list what is considered accessible listings first when searching. The accessible sites have been designed and adhere to the Web Content Accessibility guidelines. Following these guidelines, it makes is easier for software to translate text to speech for those who are visually impaired.

Sites that are considered for an accessible search have few visual images, or will still read well without images, and are simply designed. They examine the HTML markup to determine which websites to consider. Google Accessible Search is built on the same technology underlying Google Co-op, which prioritizes search results based on specialized interests.

T.V. Ramen who designed this project is blind and designed this simply because he wants to be able to find relevant information quickly. Pages that are full of images make it more difficult to do this. In his article on the official Google Blog, he notes that this is an early stage experiment and they hope to improve the product with feedback over the next few months.