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WebAnywhere - an online screen reader

     
2:08 am on Sep 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I recently received notification from the United States Access Board about WebAnywhere.

WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader for the web. It requires no special software to be installed on the client machine and, therefore, enables blind people to access the web from any computer they happen to have access to that has a sound card. Visit wa.cs.washington.edu to access WebAnywhere directly. And, it's completely FREE to use!

WebAnywhere will run on any machine, even heavily locked-down public terminals, regardless of what operating system it is running and regardless of what browsers are installed. WebAnywhere does not seek to replace existing screen readers - it has some big limitations, namely that it will not provide access to desktop applications like word processors or spreadsheets.

[webanywhere.cs.washington.edu...] They also have an online version where you can type in a page address and hear the site at [webanywhere.cs.washington.edu...]

The other advantage is for web developers in that you can test your page easily for a screen reader. Just an FYI.

In case the mods remove the links, just do a web search for WebAnywhere.

Marshall

2:34 am on Sept 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Nice idea... but it reads aloud tags that have the display:none CSS attribute (aimed primarily at blind users) AND it reads the text within noscript tags :(
3:13 am on Sept 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I noticed it read tags it should not have or at least I thought it should not have. It's only in beta testing according to their site. I didn't notice if there was a feed back link, but you can check.

Marshall