IBM researchers have developed technology that will make it easier to design Web sites for mobile devices. IBM researchers in Tokyo developed a visual editor that enables Web masters to arrange their Web site content in a logically-ordered, flowing sequence so it can be more easily read on a small, mobile device, without requiring the Web master to change the content. The editing tool also can improve the browsing experience for the visually impaired.
The visual editor uses arrows to show in what order content should be presented, and editing the reading order only requires dragging and dropping to rearrange the arrows. This approach is a major improvement over traditional approaches, such as using voice browsers to check reading flow line by line or requiring Web masters to copy and paste content to a memo pad to check reading flow. The tool also can be applied to electronic presentations, PDF documents, and Flash content.
IBM plans to make the new tool available through the Social Accessibility research project.
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