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Browsing Websites on Mobile Devices Gets Easier



IBM researchers have created visual editor technology, initially developed for visually-impaired users, that makes it simpler for webmasters to make web sites more readable on mobile devices, reducing burdensome scrolling through out-of-order text and graphics.

The visual editor uses smoothly connecting arrows to show in what order voice browsers would present content. To edit the reading flow, Webmasters need only drag, drop and re-arrange the arrows. This is an improvement over more cumbersome methods, such as using voice browsers to check reading flow line by line, and requiring Webmasters to copy and paste large amounts of content to a memopad to check reading flow. In addition to Web pages, the tool can be applied to electronic presentations, PDF documents and Flash content to improve their contextual reading flow.

To see a video demonstration of IBM's visual editor, go here.


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