”NewsReader“ — a comfortable digital newspaper and bookreading system
The project “NewsReader” is aimed at the development of state-of-the art digital newspaper and bookreading systems for blind people. The key concepts in “NewsReader” are digital transmission from the source (the publisher) to the reader, a user interface that is based on extensive reader surveys and an object-oriented approach to software development. Currently, the “NewsReader” reading system already enables blind people of all ages to read a variety of document types like newspapers, magazines and books. Available output devices include speech synthesis, braille and screen enlargers. Field trials showed that the user interface can be mastered within about 10 minutes for simple tasks like the reading of a newspaper article. While a menu-driven approach, together with a minimum number of only four keys, allows also computer-illiterate and computer-sceptical persons to use the system with minimum effort, a set of powerful functions is available to the advanced user.