Google has revealed that its Chrome browser will soon be able to detect and suggest corrections for typos in URLs. This feature aims to improve accessibility for users, including those with dyslexia and language learners. However, even people who often make typing mistakes can benefit from this functionality. The announcement was made as part of a broader accessibility update by Google, coinciding with Global Accessibility Awareness Day. In simpler terms, Google Chrome will help users by identifying and suggesting corrections for URL typos, benefiting various user groups and enhancing accessibility.
When you type a URL in Google Chrome and it detects a typo before you press enter, the browser will present you with a few options for correction. This feature is likely dependent on your browsing history, so if you have visited the website before and haven’t cleared your history, it will be easier to access it despite spelling errors. Initially, this feature is available on the desktop version of Chrome, but it is expected to roll out to mobile devices in the coming months. It will likely be more useful on mobile devices where a keyboard is available. In simpler terms, Google Chrome will suggest corrections for URL typos before you press enter, starting with the desktop version and later coming to mobile devices.
In addition to URL typo correction, Google has introduced several accessibility improvements across its products. Live Caption, a feature that provides captions for media, is being expanded to more Android devices and languages. Google Maps now includes wheelchair-accessible indicators for places, making it easier for people with disabilities to navigate. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is utilized to generate more descriptive captions and alt-text for images shared online, enhancing accessibility for visually impaired users. In simpler terms, Google has made various accessibility enhancements, such as expanding Live Caption, adding wheelchair-accessible indicators to Google Maps, and using AI to improve captions and alt-text for images on the internet.