Google To Release A Search Engine For The Blind

The search engines will return pages that work best with text-to-speech translation software. Nice move.

prioritizes the list of search results based on how simple the Web page layouts are, said T.V. Raman, research scientist in charge of the service. For example, a user searching for “weather” will find pages with a lot of other content on them. To a user who can see, that might be fine,” Raman said. “But if you are listening to the page (via screen reader software), a lot of information can prevent you from finding what you are looking for.”

Actually, it’s a wonder something like this hasn’t come along before now.

There’s guidelines for developing sites with the blind and sight-impaired published by the National Federation For The Blind available here.

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