Internet search-engine giant Google Inc. has introduced a new resource that aims to better meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands of blind or visually impaired people who regularly browse the web. The new “Google Accessible Search” is a search engine that ranks internet search results based on the simplicity of the site’s page layout. Pages with a large number of headings, or those that lack extraneous images and text factors that make the page easier to read with a screen reader, will rank higher–saving visually impaired internet users the time of navigating to results they won’t be able to comprehend. Google’s new web service coincides with a push to revise federal web accessibility standards and renewed legal efforts to get accessibility guidelines more widely adopted.

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