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School Goes Internet
WAB: W3-Access for Blind And Visually Impaired Computer Users
Andrea Kennel, Louis Perrochon, Alireza Darvishi. Institute for Information Systems, ETH Zürich.

ACM SIGCAPH Bulletin, June, 1996.

Keywords: Blindness and visual impairment, WWW, W3, Proxy Servers, User Interfaces, Document Structure and Formats,

Language: English.


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 <>.

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