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Jeffrey P. Bigham jbigham@cs.washington.edu University of Washington Seattle, Washington, USA webinsight.cs.washington.e PowerPoint Presentation
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Jeffrey P. Bigham jbigham@cs.washington.edu University of Washington Seattle, Washington, USA webinsight.cs.washington.e

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  1. WebAnywhere A Screen Reader On-the-Go Jeffrey P. Bigham jbigham@cs.washington.edu University of Washington Seattle, Washington, USA webinsight.cs.washington.edu

  2. Introduction Promises and Challenges • Advancement in Technical Challenges • ARIA, AxsJAX, others • Access to Applications Anywhere • Email, documents, social connections… • No screen reader on most computers • Another program to support • Awareness • Cost

  3. Introduction Accessing the Web On-the-Go Hearsay Fire Vox • Many devices - Serve different needs • Devices you have to carry • Expensive • Need to carry with you • Installation & Executables • Not installed on most computers • Need permission to install them • Operating System Built-Ins • Narrator on Windows • VoiceOver on OS X

  4. WebAnywhere WebAnywhere Summary [1] Mankoff et al., “Is your web page accessible?: a comparative study of methods for assessing web page accessibility for the blind. CHI 2005. • Self-voicing, web-browsing web application • Runs on any web-enabled computer or device • Designed for Minimal requirements • Runs on locked-down public terminals • No software to install • Assist web developers in creating content1 • Accessible Across the World

  5. Screenshot

  6. WebAnywhere WebAnywhere Architecture Client interface in Javascript Speech MP3s retrieved from server Played with Flash or Embedded Players

  7. WebAnywhere (15 in Seattle, WA)

  8. WebAnywhere Release Released • Available Free • From May 2008 • Peaked at ~5000 / week • Steady at ~1000 / week • Overwhelming Response • Blogs • News and other media • Email

  9. WebAnywhere Release Comments “BRAVO!! Finally visually impaired individuals are able to bust through the biggest barrier placed before us so far, thanks to Web Anywhere.” -- Minnesota “This is great news…not everyone can afford JAWS, etc.” - Kentucky

  10. WebAnywhere Release Scarier Comments “i am blind and have been for 23 years i have no sight at all i do have jaws on my pc but it gives me alot of problems at times and is costly to upgrade.” “we were thinking of purchasing JAWS, but were thinking of using WebAnywhere as an alternative” (paraphased)

  11. WebAnywhere Release Requests • Current screen reader features • This often varied from user to user • Very few have mentioned latency • People located all over • LANGUAGUES • Released on the web everyone can access it • Immediate access to a global audience

  12. WebAnywhere Goes Global WebAnywhere by Country

  13. WebAnywhere Goes Global Global Effort Developer in Norway helping to code. Person in Brazil developing Portuguese language. Person in China developing Chinese language.

  14. WebAnywhere Goes Global WebAnywhere is Open Source webanywhere.googlecode.com < 14

  15. Future Implications Future Work • Many, many improvements possible… • New languages, more shortcuts, better TTS, security, ARIA, downloadable TTS, improved robustness, integrate with existing screen readers, better prefetching, aggressive caching, user studies, ‘plugin’ support, visual highlighting, explicit support for web developers, …

  16. Future Implications Broader Themes • Platform for Assistive Technology • What you want, where you want it • Advantages of Web Application • Rapid iterations of design • Rapid dissemination of new designs • Rapid expansion across the world

  17. Conclusion On any computer near you… • Released in May 2008 • http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/ • Contribute to the open source project! • http://webanywhere.googlecode.com/ • Come to the DEMO

  18. Conclusion Conclusion • WebAnywhere an Important Option Now • Blind web users on-the-go • People unable to afford another screen reader • An easy way to experience screen readers • WebAnywhere platform for assistive tech. • Works everywhere • Harbinger of global market to come

  19. The End webanywhere.cs.washington.edu webanywhere.googlecode.com Our supporters: National Science Foundation Grant IIS-0415273 A Boeing Professorship Microsoft Imagine Cup Thanks to: Anna A. Cavender, Sangyun Hahn, T.V. Raman, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Lindsay Yazzolino, and our user study participants and consultants.