Friday, August 18, 2006

Blind Users Getting Help to Get on Internet

A little help for blind users ...

"For most Web users, pop-up ads and layered graphics can be annoying. But for blind users, they are major roadblocks on the Internet highway.

But pressure from lawsuits and advocates for the visually impaired has resulted in Web pages that are easier for the blind to navigate using screen-reading equipment.

Last month Google introduced a special search engine that ranks sites according to how accessible they are to the blind (labs.google.com/accessible/). Yahoo! also redid its home page within the past month with larger, simpler display options, and AOL will soon follow suit.

"More and more companies are going to have to address these issues, not only for the disabled population, but for the aging (baby boomers) who are going to be exerting pressure of their own to access all these technologies," said Jesse Walker, a human factors research psychologist at the University of Dayton Research Institute."   (Continued via RedOrbit)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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