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XDA, a software development community, published an article on a new feature of Google Chrome. This feature, which will translate images into text, is powered by PDF optical character recognition (OCR) technology and builds on Google’s Reading Mode.
When a PDF file lacks alt text, a short written description of an image, Chrome’s screen reader will convert the text found in the image and read it aloud to users with visual impairments. In addition to launching image to text in Chrome, the article shares that Google will also be releasing Reading Mode, which had once only been available on ChromeOS and Chromebooks, to all Chrome users. The software removes clutter on web sites and supports many features including dyslexia support and text-to-speech in one tool.
The feature was announced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, where the nonprofit brought together educators using technology in education, and was one of many that Google announced at the technology exhibition. The article concluded by saying that Google has not yet made the release date of the feature public, but it is expected in the coming months.