| Andrea Kennel, Louis Perrochon,
Alireza Darvishi. Institute for Information Systems,
ACM SIGCAPH Bulletin, June, 1996.
Keywords: Blindness and visual impairment, WWW, W3,
Proxy Servers, User Interfaces, Document Structure and Formats,
A blind or visually impaired user can get lost in hyperspace
on one single W3-page. This paper presents Web Access for
Blind users (WAB), a working system which makes web-surfing
easier for blind persons. Normally, structure and meta information
in HTML documents are displayed visually and are difficult
for blind users to recognize. WAB transforms structure and
meta information into a form that can be more easily read
by visually handicapped people. Titles, links and form elements
are described textually. Special navigation aids allow the
blind user to navigate through the title hierarchy as well
as through the list of links. The implemented system works
with any World-Wide-Web-browser and any screen reader. No
additional software has to be installed on the user's computer.
Available files: [gzipped Postscript]
The homepage of WAB is <http://www.inf.ethz.ch/department/IS/ea/blinds>.