Haven't been able to find much information online. There is a page for docs accessibility standards but I don't see specific points mentioned.

Do google doc's presentations meet accessibility standards? It seems like they say they do, but when I access the actual presentation, I can't click or highlight any text, and the markup seems a mess, though text is in the markup. Can a screen reader pick them up?

Basically I am just looking for an accessible way to present powerpoint-esque presentations online, and if google doc's presentations are accessible, then it's fine. But at least, when viewing the actual presentation (starting the presentation), the markup doesn't appear accessible so I am not 100% sure.

I see there is also a show presentation in HTML view, which is way more accessible but unfortunately doesn't have a slide manager/table of contents on it, which is kind of a shame.

Does anyone know or have experience with this?


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I only have experience with text documents from Google Docs, but their accessibility appears abismal, and I must assume the same holds true for presentations. The only way I've been able to get a screen reader to read such a document is with the ctrl + alt + z keystroke (there is supposedly more information on shortcut keys available with ctrl + alt + /, but this does nothing for me). If the document takes too long to read, though, my screensaver comes up, and I can't just start reading from where I left off.

Whenever there's something on Google Docs that I want to read, I save the page and read it as source code. This is a cluttered mess, but it works better than trying to read it on the internet. I have no idea how this would apply to presentations.

If I am mistaken, I would love to be corrected; there are things I wouldn't mind reading that I just haven't felt were worth downloading and navigating as source code.


Google has public accessibility statement for Google Slides, if you want to know which criteria they support and which not: https://www.google.com/slides/about/accessibility/

Also they provide tips for creating accessible presentations using Slides: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6199477

If you want to edit presentation using screen reader: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/1634140

How to collaborate and comment with screen reader: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6239410

You can also try to present your Google Slides with auto created captions: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/9109474

When you present slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display the speaker's words in real time.

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