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I hope this is note repeating?[Fwd: my eyes]

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 20:17:02 -0500
Message-ID: <3818F58D.218394B3@clark.net>
To: WAI User Agent Working Group <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: my eyes
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 20:07:21 -0400
From: isaac obie <iobie@WORLD.STD.COM>
Reply-To: isaac obie <iobie@WORLD.STD.COM>
To: BLIND-L@LISTSERV.UARK.EDU

Subject: my eyes

link http://www.code-it.com/my_eyes.htm
My_Eyes
"My_Eyes"  is an IBM / Comp. software / INTERNET based application
that is
in the development stage, soon (target date = Nov.
15, 1999) to be offered as Freeware. This software is being developed
as
an
effort to help blind or vision impaired people
to experience the World Wide Web in a much more friendly way then is
currently available. It will be available as a software
application supplied on CD (that will be installed on the hard drive)
that
connects to the INTERNET via the users ISP connection.
Basically, it is a web browser that "speaks" (using Microsoft Active X
technology) the text from web pages for the benefit
of the blind or vision impaired person. Please do not confuse this as
another "screen reader" as it is a totally different
concept to make the Internet experiance, as well as simple word
processing,
available in a more user friendly way. It will
be operated  via user keystrokes, user mouse clicks, and / or user
voice
recognition, thus giving the sight impaired user
the ability to navigate (with the skills or senses available to them)
within
the program. It will not require any other software
to be installed on the system (a stand alone program).
After the beta release of this software (and receiving feedback), we
may
consider developing a more advanced version so as
not to slow down the experienced user.
The stages and target dates of development are as follows...
Approx. November 15, 1999.
It will include the following features:
The application will have the ability to be operated completely via
user
function keystrokes or user mouse clicks as to allow
the blind or impaired vision person to execute program features
without
the
need of a "helper".
The application will "talk" all functions and help menu so as to allow
the
user to rely on their hearing ability only (to
extend their own self reliance).
The application will have set "channels" or pre- determined web pages
(that
we will update daily) that the user can go to
(and have the contents spoken) that will include "news of the day",
"up to
date stock quotes for inputted values", "joke
of the day", "story of the day", "game of the month", "MTV snippets".
It
MAY also include current weather forecasts for
their local area. These channels will be accessed via function keys.
The application will feature a "live chat room" that will speak the
contents
of what the user has typed in and the response
from the other client on demand. This will require both users to have
the
software installed on thier computer.
The application will give the options of changing the font size, font
color,
screen background color so to allow, the person
with limited sight, to use the screen color, font color and font size
to
best suit their needs.
It will also include a simple word processor that "guides by speech"
the
user in every way and will "talk" back the text entered
on demand. It will give the user the ability to load, edit, save, and
create
new documents. This feature should extend the
user's involvement and computer skills.
A simple web browser that will load and "talk" the web page text to
the
user. Simply stated it is a "talking web browser"
that will be operated via function keys.
Approx. January 1, 2000 .
It will include the following added features:
The application will give the user the option of using voice
recognition
(i.e. the computer will convert the user's speech
to actual computer commands that will operate just like a keyboard and
mouse
does now) and / or the user's keystrokes and
mouse clicks to activate all the functions.
The "talking web browser" will have the added feature to allow the
user to
surf the web by speech recognition. This browser
will speak the contents of the page text and will give the user the
ability
to execute any of the links that are included
within the web site selected.
A "talking email" program will be added that will can also be
controlled
via
voice recognition.
This page is still under construction, so please bookmark if you have
an
interest in this software as there will be more information
added as soon as we "get it together".
We're excited! How about you?
Please give us any feedback or reserve your beta copy by submitting
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