Science Daily reports that for the roughly 10 million people in the United States who are blind or visually impaired, using a computer has required special screen-reading software typically installed only on their own machines–until now. New software, called WebAnywhere, launched June 26 lets blind and visually impaired people surf the web on the go. The tool, developed at the University of Washington, turns screen reading into an internet service that reads aloud web text on any computer with speakers or headphone connections. "This is for situations where someone who’s blind can’t use their own computer but still wants access to the internet–at a museum, at a library, at a public kiosk, at a friend’s house, at the airport," said Richard Ladner, a UW professor of computer science and engineering. The free program and both audio and video demonstrations are available at http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu

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