HCC 741: Assistive Technology and Accessibility

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader On-the-Go

4 Comments

Paper

Summary: Joe Scala

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Author: amyhurst

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Human-Centered Computing and Assistive Technology

4 thoughts on “WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader On-the-Go

  1. In the paper researcher used participatory design to come up with some of the features in Web Anywhere, which ended up providing some very useful results. I wonder what the results of participatory design in web design or a web browser would be? I think this would be a more effective approach to the issue.

  2. They should improve WebAnywhere, to be able to do other text-speech applications on the computer, like Microsoft Offices applications, not just reading web pages.

  3. This is a really cool idea. There are many plugins I use that dramatically increase my web browsing experience that are free, and that I can access from any computer. It seems like a really good technical solution to overcoming the expense of tools made only for people with a disability because I can see it being used by many different kinds of people, especially with some expanded functionality.

  4. This prototype does a good job at helping the non-sighted person fit into public scenarios with other sighter people. For example, at the library most people have their headphones on anyway, But I don’t see how this would work with any other public terminal (not located a t a library). What other places have public terminals with web access and a way for people to connect headphones?

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