Monday, July 24, 2006

Accessoogle?

Opening Google to visually impared ...

"In case you missed it, Google unveiled Accessible Search last Thursday. Built upon Google's Co-op technology, Accessible Search is an "early-stage experiment" designed to help blind and visually-impaired people find web content that is best suited to their text-to-speech software.

Users simply enter a query and hit the "Search" button to receive a list of results prioritised by level of accessibility. Google defines accessibility as "pages that degrade gracefully - pages with few visual distractions and pages that are likely to render well with images turned off".

Providing one set of search results to disabled users and another to the rest of the population? Hmmm. Sounds like discrimination to us ;P Seriously though, won't it be great if Google's Accessible Search eventually replaces Google Search? Then organisations will have a real incentive to make their websites accessible!"   (Continued via Etre)       [Ergonomics Resources]

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