Blind and visually impaired people may find it easier to navigate the Internet with a new tool from BBC Education Online.
BETSIE, as the new software is called (BBC Education Text to Speech Internet Enhancer), works in conjunction with text-to-speech software, and reorganises heavily-formatted Web pages, which can be difficult for visually impaired people to read, into a more accessible design.
"Standard screen-reading software finds it difficult to detect columns of text, which means that the vast majority of Web sites are effectively inaccessible to online users with sight difficulties," explained Wayne Myers, BBC Education's software engineer.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind welcomed the BBC software.
BETSIE will be released as free, open source software, so that third-party developers can add their own features.www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie
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