IBM Research Lab in Tokyo Develops Technology to Control Reading Flow

Researchers at IBM Research – Tokyo is working on a way to easily arrange the reading flow of screen readers and mobile devices.
With the visual editor technology they are developing, webmasters can drag-and-drop the connected arrows that will lead the screen reader in an arbrary order. You can even adjust the granularity of the reading order, giving you detailed control or flexiblity.
This new technology not only makes it easier for the visually impared to “listen to” web pages, but also improve the interaction with rich media and non-PC devices. IBM says you can apply this technology to enhance accessibilty and operability of a variety of contents such as PDFs, Flash movies, PowerPoint documents, and web pages on mobile devices.

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