Accessibility in Google Search
Access to information is at the core of Google's mission – to make the world's information universally accessible and useful. That's why it's important to us to help make the billions of websites, images, videos, and other content available in accessible formats.
Even though Google Search is inherently simple and easy to access, we have taken some deliberate steps to further improve the accessibility and tools that are commonly used by people with disabilities such as blindness, visual impairment, color deficiency, deafness, hearing loss, and limited dexterity.
The basics of Google Search accessibility
The home page fade effect
Accessing the search results with a screen reader
Once you perform a search, there are a number of important screen reader enhancements to the search results page. Here are a few:
- Section headings. The search results page contains a hierarchy of section headings, allowing common screen readers to quickly navigate the page. Here are the current heading levels:
- Heading level 1 (h1) - The Google logo and a link named "Google," pointing to the Google home page, have level 1 headings.
- Heading level 2 (h2) - There are two sections with level 2 headings: "Search Results" (a hidden label located just above the start of the search results) and "Ads" (visible text located just above the listed ads). Please note that there can be zero, one, or two ads sections depending on the search query, each a heading level 2.
- Heading level 3 (h3) - Each search result and each ad title is a heading level 3.
- Search result lists. Both the search results and ads are implemented as ordered lists and can be quickly accessed through keyboard commands supported in common screen readers.
Accessibility on Android
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