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BrookesTalk is a voice output web browser designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. It is function key driven for blind users but also provides a configurable large text window for visually impaired users and a standard visual browser so that visually impaired and sighted individuals can work together. Users can select the volume of speech output, the number of words spoken per minute, and the gender of voice. In the configurable large text window, users can choose the font, text size, text color, the background color within the large text box, and the number of lines of text to be displayed. Users can choose whether to view scrolling text or text with each word in the same position, and whether the speech engine should read the letter to the left or right of the cursor. Settings can be reviewed, saved, or cancelled. Quick views of Web pages are provided, including a list of extracted keywords; a page summary including the number of words, links, headings, extracted keywords, and meta-keywords; and a summary of the page comprising key sentences. The program includes a search facility that allows the user to choose a search engine. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 486 or higher processor; approximately 40 megabytes (MB) free disk space; Windows 95; sound card; Microsoft Speech Engine; an Internet connection; CD-ROM drive for installation.
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