Despite Standards for Web accessibility,
many Web pages remain difficult to use. In our current research, we are
investigating a method of making Web pages accessible without requiring the use
of assistive technologies. Through a standard browser, we provide the ability
for users to access Web pages reformatted in a manner most usable by them.
One set of transformations is designed to address problems users might
have with the visual presentation of pages. Certain changes such as font
enlargement, font style, and inter-letter spacing, and color contrast can
increase legibility. We supplement the text with speech output providing
additional benefit for users who wish to have the text read aloud.
Rearrangement of page layouts and banner text are options for users who
prefer substantial text enlargement. Finally, images can be sharpened
and/or magnified to varying degrees selected by the user.
We have been testing our software in partnership with several agencies serving Seniors or disabled users through the sponsorship of IBM's Corporate Community Relations. The software has been translated into eight languages and is now in use in a number of countries worldwide. For information about partner organizations, visit the Corporate Community Relations website.
The Web Adaptation Technology has recently been made available as a commercial offering called WebAdapt2Me. For information about this offering, see:
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