Development of a multimodal WWW browser

Bowden Wise (
Tue, 16 Aug 1994 10:21:31 -0400

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Subject: Development of a multimodal WWW browser
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 1994 10:21:31 -0400
From: Bowden Wise <>

I am developing a WWW browser that uses a multimodal interface;
speech, sounds, and graphics and text will be used to look at the Web.

Initially, I want to concentrate on creating an auditory interface to
hypertext (HTML files).  I am not so much concerned with getting my
browser to work directly off of the Net and retrieve files from remote
hosts.  If I can simply use files on our local machine that would be

I am still trying to come up to speed with the operation of a WWW
browser.  So, I am looking to those of you that have developed
browsers for some insight into how I might start going about this.

There seems to be several ways I can go about this:

(1) Use the common library provided by CERN (WWWLib) which is used in
   the by the browsers www and Lynx.  I can use either of these
   browsers as a starting point.

(2) Since I am using Windows as my platform, use WinMosaic as a base.

(3) Develop from scratch.

Are there any other ways to go about this?  Anyone have any

- G. Bowden Wise                    Computer Science Department
  Internet:        Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                    Troy, NY 12180