Web Content Transcoding for Voice ContentBy Takagi, Hironobu; Asakawa, Chieko; CSUN Technology and Persons With Disabilities Conference - 2002,
Publication Date: 2002
Paper focuses on ways in which people with visual disabilities can navigate through transcoded web content with voice browsers and screen readers. In order to stay competitive, web designers are under tremendous pressure to make their clients’ web pages more visually attractive. Many sites combine various types of content on a single page, while advertisements are scattered everywhere. The authors refer to this problem as “page fragmentation,” while they use their transcoding technique to represent the information non-visually. First, the system calls for rearranging content groupings based on roles and importance. Then, it inserts alternative text at each boundary of the grouping, and then inserts page indexes at the bottom of the page in order to allow users to access each group directly. This rearrangement allows content to be more clearly translated by screen readers and other voice output applications. Examples of a transcoded website are included.
Published by: Center on Disabilities at CSUN (Website:http://www.csun.edu/cod/)
Link to text: http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf/2002/proceedings/52.htm