January 19, 2001, 12:00 AM

IBM's new talking web browser

Don Davis

Editor in Chief

IBM is introducing a talking web browser that works with e-business web sites, allowing many visually impaired and blind users to buy, sell and trade on the web for the first time--Home Page Reader 3.0 for Windows. It provides Javascript support for complete access to the web, supports nine languages and offers many new options and features that simplify set-up and operation of the browser, allowing users to get online and navigate the Internet more quickly and easily. Javascript support allows the software to speak aloud all information on a web page, including conventional text, tables, graphic descriptions, text in column formats, data input fields, forms and image maps. This enables blind and visually impaired users to complete on-line forms for purchasing, selling or trading products and services over the web. Home Page Reader is a complete, self-contained talking browser -- no screen reader is required.

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