Enabling Accessibility of Content Updates in Web Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S130028
Agency Tracking Number: H133S130028
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 84.133S1
Solicitation Number: 1
Small Business Information
1500 Stony Brook Road , CEWIT SBU R&D, Stony Brook, NY, 11794-
DUNS: 807799924
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yevgen  Borodin
 (516) 313-7356
 borodin@charmtechlabs.com
Business Contact
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR project will investigate the feasibility of making dynamic web content accessible to people with vision impairments with an ease that will be on par with sighted people. Such content characterizes todays myriad of important and pervasive web applications (e.g., Facebook, Gmail, Google Docs, Chat Rooms, Online Banking, and Travel) The project will demonstrate the feasibility by building a prototype assistive web browsing application that will be intelligent enough to locate web content updates, identify their type and priority (importance), notify the user of the updates according to the priority, and provide usable and efficient interfaces for reviewing the updates, as well as interacting with standard widgets (e.g., chats and calendars). Controlled experiments will be conducted to evaluate the proposed approach and interfaces. The application will be accessible to people who are blind and need screen-reader access, as well as to those who have low vision and use magnifiers. The proposed technology development will embody the vision of universal web access; it will enable visually-impaired people to use the aforementioned web applications as sighted people do, and interact with these applications as effectively and efficiently as is possible with text-to-speech and screen magnification tools.

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