Blind But Want To Watch Mr. Bean? IBM To The Rescue!
If you're blind and have been missing out on the joys of Mr. Bean or The Three Stooges, then IBM has something to show you: a new narration technology that reads metadata and tells users what's happening on a compatible video clip. Nyuck-nyuuck!
"The tool, which works with Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, is designed to handle any file that is embedded in a Web site, including Adobe Flash or Windows Media files.
"Just because someone is blind, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be enjoying YouTube or MySpace or anything else like that," said Frances West, director of the Worldwide Accessibility Center for IBM."