IBM has developed a prototype device that enables blind users to access Java-based applications and Web pages.
The screen reader, codenamed JavaJive, reads aloud the information, including graphics, on the users screen via a Java 'accessibility' application programming interface (API), which Big Blue is developing with Sun. The API is expected to be included in version 1.2 of the Java Developers Kit and JavaJive is expected to be commercially available in the second half of next year.
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