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How To: ChromeVox

14 June 2019

What is Chromevox?

Chromevox is a free Chrome extension from Google that works as a screenreader. It reads a web page out loud, and tries to describe the HTML (code) to the user.

How to install

Go to the Chrome Web Store, in Chrome, and click install. If you are using a Chromebook, Chromevox is already installed.

ChromeVox extension in the chrome web store

How to run

You don’t need to do anything special; Chromevox will just start reading out pages. In fact, you might want to disable the extension pretty quickly! (You can do this in Window > Extensions)

But you should first look over the short User Guide to understand how to use it. Blind users rarely use a mouse, so you will need to look at the keyboard shortcuts.

Caveats

Chromevox doesn’t work exactly like the most commonly used screenreaders, so it’s not a perfect replacement, but it can still give you some good insights into how some of your users are accessing your site.

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