ICT Enablers have been funded by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) to produce a Swedish version of ATbar. The funding was acquried by being one of the winners in the PTS innovation contest “Nåbar för alla”, roughly translated to “Reachable by all”.
What is ATbar?
ATbar is a cross-browser assistive technology toolbar providing support mainly for users with low vision or dyslexia. ATbar is open source software available for free under the BSD license.
ATbar has been created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages. The concept behind ATbar is simple: One toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually achieve through the use of different settings or products.
What kind of assistive technology is supported?
ATbar allows you to change the look and feel of webpages, increase and decrease font sizes, have text read aloud, use coloured overlays, readability and a dictionary to aid reading. Spell check forms and try word prediction when writing. It is a simple tool which is available for most popular browsers.
ATbar can increase the accessibility of a website and offer a personalised user experience.
Who is it intended for?
It is designed for those who may not have their assistive technologies to hand and need a quick way of accessing text on the screen with magnification and/or text to speech etc. It can help those with low vision, dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as those who may wish to just reduce the glare of black text on bright white backgrounds. It is not designed for regular screen reader users who need their assistive technology to access the computer as well as their browser.
The project is set to start in January 2015 and be completed by January 2016.