Zoom is releasing new features that give users more control over how they see other meeting participants during video meetings along with keyboard shortcuts and other accessibility features.
According to a company blog, Zoom now allows users to pin multiple videos to keep them in place, regardless of who is currently speaking. This is designed to make meetings easier to follow, especially when an interpreter is involved.
For someone that needs an interpreter, both the speaker and interpreter’s video can be pinned next to one another. The meeting host and co-host can grant permission for up to nine people in the meeting to pin multiple videos.
Similarly, Zoom now allows users to spotlight multiple videos. The host or co-host can spotlight up to nine videos that everyone in the meeting will see. This is designed to help people that need interpreters in larger meetings.
Users can now also rearrange videos in gallery view by dragging and dropping video tiles to rearrange them however they please.
In the blog, written by product marketing manager Jennifer Hill, the company also noted its other accessibility features designed for people with sight or hearing disabilities, like a list of keyboard shortcuts, closed captioning, screen reader support and other controls.
Hill wrote that the company builds accessibility into the platform and works to make Zoom as accessible and A11Y-friendly as possible.
“Our accessibility is built into the platform from the start, not retrofitted after. Our designers and developers thoughtfully create, test, and build products intended to balance ease of use for diverse communities,” Hill wrote. “While we know that nothing can be a ‘perfect fit’ for everyone’s needs, we are continuously working to improve our products and services. We work diligently with many leading accessibility organizations to make Zoom as accessibility-friendly as possible.’