Browser Extension Directory

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Introduction

There is an inconsistency in the naming conventions among the four primary browsers developers. For this reason this directory has standardized on using the term “extension”. This also includes what some browser developers call “add-ons”. The directory also contains little information about extensions for Internet Explorer and Safari. This is because the developers of these browsers Microsoft and Apple also develop operating systems which is their focus when adding functionality. Google is focused instead on making the browser the operating system with the introduction of its Chromium operating system. The directory does not cover extensions for the browser Opera, which is very popular in some circles. Opera has adopted the same extension interface that is used by Google Chrome. This means the Chrome extensions will work on both browsers.

Finding Extensions

Finding extensions is easy. The two primary places to download extensions are from the extension developer and from the browser developer. Having an extension included in a browser developers “store” requires that it goes through a validation process and adds some legitimacy to the extension. It is recommended that extensions be downloaded from the browser developer’s “store”. This helps to assure that extension is valid and won’t introduce a virus or spyware into your system. It has been found that the search capabilities of the browser developer’s “stores” may not always be the best way to find extensions. It is instead recommended that Google be used with some appropriate search terms.

Selecting Extensions

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a quality browser extension. First, you should look at user reviews, number of users that have submitted reviews and the overall rating. If there are only a small number of user reviews then this rating may not be a good indicator. Next look at the number of people that are using the extension. A large user base generally indicates a good extension. The size of the user base is not a good indicator for extensions that have just been published. Lastly look at the maturity of the extension. This includes when the extension was first published, how often updates have been made, and how long ago the last update was made. Just like the browser, extensions should be maintained and releasing regular updates to keep pace changes in the browser. If an extension has not be updated in over a year ago, then this probably indicates it is not being actively maintained.

Special Mention

In putting together this directory a notable extension was discovered called the ATBar. This extension combines many of the functions of extensions highlighted below into a single toolbar which installs as an extension to Chrome. It is also available as a bookmark for all browsers and as an application for Windows operating systems.

Chrome Browser Extension Directory

Google Chrome Extensions are applications that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality. Below is a list of Accessibility Extensions for Google Chrome that students may find useful.

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How to:

ATbar Icon
The ATbar alters the appearance of Web pages to create a customized and more accessible Web experience. Installed to your browser, the toolbar allows you to choose the page's font and font size, contrast and colors, or a simplified layout (among other options). The ATbar includes tools for understanding content and accomplishing Web tasks, such as a dictionary, text to speech, and word prediction. There's even a version that lets you choose from a menu of tools to create your own ATbar. ATbar works in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Explorer. Use with a USB flash drive for portability (a "Portable Accessibility Toolkit").

You can also choose one or more browser extensions below.

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Extension: AT Bar

Screen Reader

Extension: ChromeVox
Summary: Navigation for browsing websites and web-based applications eyes-free. For user guide, tutorial, keyboard shortcut and developer reference guides, go to chromevox.com . Does not work with desktop screenreaders.
Best Suited For: People with low vision or blindness to access websites by listening to commands and web content.

Contrast/Color Options

Extension: Chrome Daltonize
Summary: Exposes details in images to color blind computer users, allowing them to catch details they may have otherwise missed.
Best Suited For: People who have color blindness.

Extension: High Contrast
Summary: Change or invert the color scheme to make webpages easier to read.
Best Suited For: People needing high contrast

Magnification

Extension: Zoomy
Summary: Zoom in or out on web content. Default zoom can be set. Change zoom level according to resolution and browser size.
Best Suited For: Low vision, comprehension needs

Extension: Zoom
Summary: Zoom in or out on web content using the zoom button for more comfortable reading.
Best Suited For: Low vision, comprehension needs

Extension: ChromeVis
Summary: Magnify and change the color of selected text. Magnified text is displayed inside a separate lens.
Best Suited For: Low vision, comprehension needs

Computer Access

Extension: Keyboard Navigation
Summary: Browse the web without using the mouse. Move the mouse while holding the right mouse button to trigger actions, such as page navigation or tab management.
Best Suited For: People who benefit from alternative mouse access to the computer.

Extension: AutoCopy
Summary: Automatically copy selected text to the clipboard. Has options for copying as plain text and including the URL in the copied text.
Best Suited For: People who benefit from fewer keystrokes.

Text-to-Speech

Extension: Read&Write for Google (free for 30 days)
Summary: Boost reading and writing confidence.
Best Suited For: Offers support for Google Docs/web to people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.

Extension: Announcify
Summary: Automatically reads the whole page without selecting text.
Best Suited For: Learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.

Extension: SpeakIt!
Summary: Select text and listen to it read out loud.
Best Suited For: Learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.

Dictionary

Extension: Google Dictionary
Summary: Provides definition and pronunciation for words that are highlighted on a web page.
Best Suited For: Comprehension, writing, and reading.

Extension: GoodWordGuide Instant Dictionary
Summary: Look up word definitions and hear word pronunciation.
Best Suited For: People with composition difficulties, ESOL.

Highlighting

Extension: Super Simple Highlighter
Summary: Highlight text on a webpage that restores on next visit to that website. Various colors available.
Best Suited For: Comprehension and Organization.

Speech Recognition

Extension: Oweb Voice Input
Summary: Allows voice input for text boxes on web sites.
Best Suited For: Students with spelling or typing/motor skill impairments.

Extension: Dragon Web Extension
Summary: Enables a person to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 13 to dictate into and control web applications using voice input.
Best Suited For: Students with motor skill impairments.

Spelling/Grammar Check

Extension: After the Deadline - Spell and Grammar Checker
Summary: Grammar, spelling, and style checker.
Best Suited For: Students with composition difficulties, ESOL

Extension: Grammarly Spell Checker & Grammar Checker
Summary: Grammar and spelling checker.
Best Suited For: People with composition difficulties, ESOL.

Extension: Co:Writer Universal
Summary: Word prediction that is grammar smart and phonetic/inventive spelling aware. Write in Google Docs, tweet, post, email, blog. If you do not have a license, you will not be able to log into the product. To get a license, go to donjohnston.com.
Best Suited For: People with spelling and composition difficulties, ESOL.

Extension: Spell Checker for Chrome
Summary: Supports 12 languages for spell check.
Best Suited For: People with composition difficulties, ESOL.

Extension: Read&Write for Google Docs
Summary: Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool and Study Skills tools.
Best Suited For: People with composition difficulties, ESOL.

Extension: After the Deadline
Summary: Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool and Study Skills tools.
Best Suited For: People with composition difficulties, ESOL.

DeCluttering

Extension: Readability
Summary: Eliminates advertising and other clutter on a web page so that only the text is displayed.
Best Suited For: Reduction in cognitive load when reading information from online websites.

Extension: Readability Redux
Summary: Removes the clutter on webpages for easier reading.
Best Suited For: Reduction in cognitive load when reading information from online websites

Extension: Clearly
Summary: Makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save to Evernote to read later.
Best Suited For: Reduction in cognitive load when reading information from online websites.

Note Taking

Extension: Chrome Notepad
Summary: Simple notepad with sync to all computers.
Best Suited For: Note taking

Extension: Note Anywhere
Summary: Make notes on any web page in any position. The notes are automatically loaded each time you open the web page.
Best Suited For: Note taking

Extension: Super Simple Highlighter
Summary: Highlight blocks of text on a web page. Attempts to restore highlight upon revisiting website.
Best Suited For: Note taking

Organization

Extension: Save to Pocket
Summary: Stores web content for reading later
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: View Later
Summary: Saves web pages to view later
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Download to Dropbox
Summary: File by topic in the cloud to access anywhere.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Save to Google Drive
Summary: Save web pages and images straight to their google drive to be able to evaluate later.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Evernote Web Clipper
Summary: Save web information into your Evernote account.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: OneNote Clipper
Summary: Save web information into your OneNote account.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Any.do
Summary: To-do list that syncs with google account, lets you drag and drop new items and attach notes, and can turns Gmail messages into tasks.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Google Calendar
Summary: Set reminders to turn in assignments, have classroom materials ready, and receive a daily agenda.
Best Suited For: Organization

Extension: Clock for Google Chrome
Summary: An analogue clock in the toolbar. Make appointments and hear the alarm.
Best Suited For: Organization

Remote Desktop

Extension: Chrome Remote Desktop
Summary: Access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet.
Best Suited For: Computer access

Calculator

Extension: Cloudy Calculator
Summary: Includes scientific calculator
Best Suited For: Mathematics

Group Work

Extension: Hangouts
Summary:
Video conferencing with small group
Best Suited For: Working with others

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