The blind can browse some government Web sites in Shanghai

15:57, April 14, 2010      

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The blind and those who are visually-impaired can now browse some government Web sites. Recently, a government Web portal – – together with the Web sites of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Shanghai Bureau of Justice and Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, began to offer "trouble-free browsing" services to make it more convenient for the blind and the visually-impaired to access information and services.
According to sources, the pilot program for more accessible government Web sites was launched in Shanghai in 2007. Currently, the government Web portal has reformed its entire network except for "online services" and other "links," while the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Shanghai Bureau of Justice and Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau reformed some of their columns.

The columns providing "trouble-free browsing" include news, government information, policies and regulations, services for assisting the public, online interaction, circulars, search services and others.

The Shanghai Association of the Blind has organized the blind and visually-impaired to experience the "trouble-free Web sites" many times. The results show that the blind can browse the information on these Web sites with the help of screen-reading software and other assistance tools, while those who are visually-impaired can adjust the font size, contrast ratio, grayscale and other aspects to suit their browsing needs.

Since the "trouble-free browsing" service was put into trial operation on a month ago, 94 percent of the newly-released information can now be read by the blind and visually-impaired.

By People's Daily Online


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