Slovak students develop unique browser for the visually impaired

Browsing the internet is often complicated for the visually impaired. A Slovak project may help them out.

Martin Žák, Dávid Majerčák and Andrej SlaninkaMartin Žák, Dávid Majerčák and Andrej Slaninka (Source: Webable)

Turn on your computer, open the browser you prefer, and search for anything you need on the internet. That routine comes as easy to most people as breathing. But what if your eyesight is not strong enough to follow the computer screen?

Three Slovak students decided to develop a browser that will help visually impaired people browse the internet just as easily.

“After we saw a visually impaired person interacting with a computer and mainly the web, we immediately knew this was the direction we needed to move in,” Dávid Majerčák, one of the student working on the browser, told The Slovak Spectator about how the idea came into being.

The web browser is called Webable. Dávid Majerčák along with his classmates Andrej Slaninka and Martin Žák are working on the project within their bachelor thesis at the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

They had a number of thoughts at the beginning, but all their ideas had one thing in common – they should be developed to help people. In the end, they decided to enrich the lives of the visually impaired.

Online with sight problems

The trio have been working on the browser since January. It was necessary to do research before the software’s development to see how the visually impaired work with a computer, Majerčák noted.

“We found out about the tools they use as well as their habits when they interact with the computer,” the developer explains.

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