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Blind gain access to Internet

Blind people can have access to the Internet with the assistance of the "Web Browser Development for the Blind" project which won a 10,000 USD prize in the World Bank-sponsored Innovation Day competition last May.

The web browser was designed by blind programmers at the Sao Mai Blind Centre in Ho Chi Minh City and its first version, completed in October, 2003, is now downloaded free from the website address (http://saomaicenter.org).

With this web browser, blind people can hear all the information on a web site using the mouse and search for what they want.

According to Vice Director of the Sao Mai Blind Centre Tran Ba Thien, blind people still have difficulties in surfing the net because the browser cannot read pictures.

He expressed his desire for more assistance from other webmasters to help blind people gain easier access to the Internet.

VNCG-VDC1 - (23/04/2004)


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