Two new Chrome accessibility extensions released by Google

Martin Brinkmann
May 8, 2015
Updated • May 9, 2015
Google Chrome

Google's Accessibility team has released two new Chrome extensions recently that improve the browser's accessibility in two specific ways.

Animation Policy is a Chrome extension that gives you more control over animated image formats in the browser.

Animations run in a never ending loop in Chrome by default which is not always the best usability experience especially since there is no quick option  to stop the animation once the image has loaded fully in the browser.

Animation Policy provides you with controls to run animations only once or not at all. It is compatible with popular image animation formats but not video animations.  The extension adds an icon to Chrome's address bar that reveals the options when you click on it.

The change takes effect from that moment on. Animations that are already running need to be reloaded though.

Probably the biggest issue with the extension is that the rule is applied globally to the browser and not on a per-site basis.

It is necessary to reload web pages with animations if you want to play them again in Chrome after switching to the allow once option.

The second extension, Color Enhancer, adds a customizable color filter to Chrome which may improve color perception on websites for partially color-blind users of the browser.

color enhancer

A click on the extension icon displays a basic configuration menu at first and an extended menu once you click the setup button.

Complete two steps during setup to find the color adjustment that works best for you. In step one you are asked to pick the row with the faintest stars, and in step 2 to use a slider until all stars in the selected row are visible.

Click ok afterwards and then enable to apply the color adjustment to all websites you visit in the browser.

Depending on your selection you may see marginal changes or even no changes at all on some websites. It depends on the site's color composition and your selection during setup.

A color adjustment slider is provided that you can use directly to adjust colors on a site once you have gone through the initial setup. (via Francois Beaufort)

Two new Chrome accessibility extensions released by Google
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Two new Chrome accessibility extensions released by Google
Google's Accessibility has released two Chrome extensions recently that improve image animation handling and color handling in the browser.

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  1. Bob said on May 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The link to color enhancer is broken.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 9, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Corrected the link, thank you!

      1. Anonymous said on February 2, 2021 at 3:51 pm

        cool ;)

  2. Bob said on May 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This was featured on techmeme.

  3. chesscanoe said on May 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I believe Incognito Mode in Chrome disables all extensions and thus they aren’t privy to all the snooping they otherwise could do per their warning when you install them. Alternatively, Microblock Original has some security value in addition to blocking ads, and the HTTPS Everywhere extension forces a HTTPS connection if available. If you run Java be sure to review all its options for maximum security. Lots more could be said – hopefully others will chime in.

  4. Steve said on May 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I always use Firefox for Privacy but I’d like to try Chrome too.
    Can you say to me what kind of addons to install for the better Privacy?
    Thank you :-)

  5. chesscanoe said on May 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Color Enhancer is useful to me even though I’m not color blind. I installed it, set it up, and then disabled it using its address bar icon. I enable it selectively for a poorly designed web site to make its colors better for me.

  6. Patrick said on May 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Martin for publishing accessibility options in Chrome. I am 76 1/2 years old and suffer from AMD-wet living in a 3rd world country to stretch my budget. Age-related Macular Degeneration is affecting more and more people as the population ages. God bless you.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Patrick, you are welcome. Wish you the best!

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