New Assistive Tech Browser Toolbar, K-12
A team at the University of Southampton designed the TechDis toolbar. It is designed to read text aloud and check spelling. It also includes a dictionary, text enlargement, color, and font changes. Users do not need specially installed assistive technologies to use the toolbar with Web services such as wikis, blogs, social networks, and Twitter. The toolbar is quick and easy to install and will make Web sites a easier for people to use. For example, a visually impaired user can switch any Web page into a high contrast mode, increase the text size, or have the page read to them. The toolbar, which is now available for Beta testing, can be downloaded for free and works with any platform. The team also is considering extending the toolbar for use on mobile devices.