Accessibility of Google Search Result Details Buttons
Have you ever noticed the Result details button sandwiched between the title and URL of every search result on Google? Ever wondered what it does?
When you press the button, a thumbnail image of the search result’s web page is revealed, as well as a link to similar pages. But most useful of all is a link to Google’s cached version of the search result. A real life-saver if the web page you want has recently become unavailable, or has changed beyond recognition, or has been accidentally erased, etc.
Ever tried to activate the Result details button using a screen reader? I did. Repeatedly. Nothing seemed to happen. To cut a long story short, something was happening. But neither JAWS nor Google bothered to let me know about it. 😡
Anyways, here’s how it works:
Go up and down through the list of Search Results by pressing <3> and <Shift+3> until you find a search result that piques your interest.
Press <ArrowDown> or <B> to move to the Results details button and press <Enter>.
As soon as you do this, the result details silently pop into existence at the bottom of the page. To read them, press <Ins+Alt+End> to jump to the last heading on the page.
Press the Hide details button (above the heading) or press <Esc> to make the result details disappear again.
It couldn’t get much more straightforward than that, or so I thought. As it turns out, there’s an even simpler way of accessing the Cached and Similar links…
After all that, I learnt the same thing can be achieved by using two of Google’s many search operators.
For instance, if you want to find a list of sites similar to
www.example.com, simply proceed to your nearest Google search box and type in:
Even better, if you need to peruse Google’s copy of
www.example.com, just type in:
And Google will take you there. Simple as that!
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To Be Continued
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