Browsing the world wide web in a non-visual environment
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We have been investigating building a non-visual browsing environment for the WWW, specifically one that relies heavily on audio for information delivery and feedback. The idea is that with an unobtrusive browser, a user may listen to the WWW in the background, just as many people now listen to the radio while doing other tasks. This paper discusses two of the major issues which are faced in such a system, how to render HTML documents using audio, and how to provide a non-visual browsing interface for the WWW. We have implemented a prototype system as part of the Web-based Interactive Radio Environment, which includes our approaches to these issues.