Web Page Editor for the Blind

  • From: dusty bray <dusty_bray@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 17:43:42 -0400

Hi everybody,

i’m looking for people to evaluate the Web page editor that i’m starting and 
give some feedback.

i’m incorporating some cool features into this program that i hope will allow 
blind users to easily create content-rich Web pages.  i’m especially excited 
about the mathematical expression editor.  And i think you’ll enjoy some of the 
other surprises i’ve added.

This application also introduces a new concept for quickly differentiating 
between controls in the editor’s interface. In applications designed for 
sighted users, components are visually distinct: buttons appear raised, text 
boxes appear inset, and each item differs in some way that suggests its 
intended function. Page Designer achieves this effect auditorily. The 
application plays programmatic sounds in parallel with voice output to quickly 
identify both an object’s type and its value. So rather than speaking "OK 
button", the editor speaks "OK" and plays a popping sound at the same moment, 
effectively saving half the number of syllables. Textboxes are associated with 
a tapping sound; picture boxes are accompanied by the sound of a camera 
shutter; the volume of a radio button’s sound varies depending its selection 

Visit this link to download the application:  
The executable is named here-i-am_page-designer.

Please have patience with it.  This is only a beta version of the program.  
Also, the interface is very different and takes some getting used to.

i hate making concessions for JAWS, but i’ve changed the navigation keys to 
ensure my program doesn’t conflict.  As before, the navigation model arranges 
content into a hierarchy with parent nodes corresponding to higher levels of 
abstraction and child nodes corresponding to lower levels of abstraction. To 
see more details of an object, press spacebar. If at any point you becomes 
lost, pressing Escape will move the selection up one level of abstraction, 
revealing a "bigger picture".

Unfortunately, this program is still far from the screen reader i envision.  
This is just a self-voicing application, and the objects do not correspond to 
actual objects on the screen, so it probably lacks much of the functionality to 
which you may be accustomed.  But i feel like i’m slowly getting closer.

Hope you enjoy it,


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