WebbIE is a web browser for blind and visually-impaired people, especially those using screen readers, used since 2001 all over the world. It comes with the Accessible programs, letting you access news and audio on the Internet in a simple and accessible way, allowing you to use podcasts, listen to the radio and read RSS and news with your screen reader or other access solution. Together they provide a way to access websites and other great things online – and they are all free!
The WebbIE web browser displaying a page of news from the BBC web site. It’s an easy-to-use, familiar Windows application, fully controllable via keyboard, with a plain text output allowing you to explore a page, follow links and even fill in forms.
Here’s WebbIE displaying a page from Wikipedia and doing a Google search with the incredibly simple websearch feature built right into WebbIE: find web pages with a few keystrokes.
BBC Listen Again
BBC Listen Again lets you hear any BBC Radio programme from the last week, simply listing them by station or topic, letting you go through the list and press a key to hear any station.
Podcasts are free audio programmes – like radio programmes – available on the Internet. Podcatcher gives you a simple and easy way to listen to podcasts from anywhere in the world, and Podcast Directory lets you find interesting podcasts to try out.
RSS News Reader
RSS News is a way to get the latest contents of web sites, like today’s stories in a newspaper, in a simple and easy way. You can quickly go through the stories on lots of different sites and open interesting stories in WebbIE to read more. Here RSS News Reader is showing today’s stories from the Daily Telegraph.
BBC Live Radio
The BBC radio stations are all available online: this incredibly simple application lets you go through them and press return to listen to one! Here it is playing Radio 4.
The Gutenberg project provides over 20,000 books free to read in an accessible format. Accessible Gutenberg lets you explore the catalogue, download books and read them easily and simply. Here it is in the catalogue list for authors beginning with D:
Finally, although WebbIE lets you search in Google directly, some people find it more profitable to use a directory of selected sites. Web Directory lets you explore the DMOZ Open Web Directory, find thousand upon thousands of interesting sites organised by category, then open the web pages in WebbIE for viewing.
More information and Download at Source WebbIE Homepage