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IBM Home Page Reader

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The Voice of the World Wide Web


Home Page Reader (HPR) is a spoken on-ramp to the Information Highway for computer users who are blind or visually impaired.

This innovative product provides unprecedented Web access by quickly, easily, and efficiently speaking web page information. HPR provides a simple, easy-to-use interface for navigating and manipulating web page elements and utilizes the tremendous capabilities of IBM's ViaVoice Outloud text-to-speech synthesizer for speaking.

Using the keyboard to navigate, a person who is blind or who has a visual impairment can hear the full range of web page content provided in a logical, clear, and understandable manner.

Home Page Reader can speak text, frames, image and text links, alternate text for images and image maps, form elements, graphics descriptions, text in column format, and data input fields. It even includes special table navigation features that allow users to understand even the most complex tables, such as television listings.

Features at a Glance:

Features of IBM Home Page Reader include:
  • Voice-prompted installation enables a person who is blind or visually impaired to set up HPR independently.
  • Different gender voices used for reading text and links - making differentiation of content easier. The user can specify which voices read which page elements.
  • Fast forward function enables users to skim web pages.
  • Page summary and "Where am I?" commands tell number and location of elements on the current web page.
  • Six different language versions available: U.S. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Most language versions can read web pages in any of these languages: American or British English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  • Integrated electronic mail feature called Home Page Mailer.
  • Netscape Communicator Version 4.5, which contains Netscape Navigator, included in HPR package.

Systems Information:

Hardware requirements:
  • 166 MHz processor
  • 32 MB RAM Windows 95 or 98; 64 MB RAM for Windows NT
  • 14 MB hard disk space; 42 MB hard disk space for HPR and Netscape Communicator
  • SVGA (640 X 480, 256 colors) graphics
  • Windows compatible: modem (28.8 KBPS), sound card (16-bit), and CD ROM drive (quad-speed)
  • Integrated or separately attached numeric keypad

Note: Sound and modem combinations are not supported. You need a separate sound card and modem.

Software requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0
  • Internet service provider (ISP) connection
  • Netscape Navigator Version 3.01 or higher
  • For Home Page Mailer, Microsoft Personal Web Server, Version 4.02 required for Windows 95 and 98; Peer Web Services, Version 4.0 required for Windows NT
  • A mail program set up with preferences, or Microsoft Personal Web Server or Peer Web Services required for mailto: tags

Ordering Information:

To purchase Home Page Reader:
  • Call 1-800-317-9611 for site licensing questions or orders.
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