Effective Computer Access Using an Intelligent Screen ReaderBy Ma, Lin; Simpson, Richard C.; Huber, Marcus J.; Garcia, Liela; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Paper discusses the Intelligent Screen Reader Project, which was conducted to increase the effectiveness of screen readers in accessing information on the Internet. There are many screen readers in today’s market, such as JAWS for Windows, IBM’s Homepage Reader, and Freedom Scientific’s Window-Eyes, yet none incorporates knowledge about what the user is actually doing. JAWS does provide a mechanism to adapt its behavior, called scripts. Unfortunately, the scripting language is very complex, so most users never take advantage of it. Researchers in the Intelligent Screen Reader Project aim to develop software that tracks what the user is doing, creates a script that can perform that task automatically, and tells the user when a script exists that is relevant to what the user is trying to accomplish. Diagrams and a technological description of the prototype intelligent screen reader are presented. The hypothesis of future testing states that user of an intelligent screen reader will take significantly shorter time than that of people who use the standard JAWS screen reader.
Assistive Products Discussed: HOME PAGE READER FOR WINDOWS
JAWS FOR WINDOWS
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)