The advent of personal computers meant a similar historical milestone for the blind as the invention of Braille. Nowadays, specialised screen readers that convert information shown on the screen to voice output allow the blind to use the same applications as sighted people do.
On the other hand, using applications designed for sighted users is not always easy for the blind. Although using a computer requires more effort from the blind than it does from the sighted people, there are still a number of features and a lot of information that remain inaccessible to them. To a certain degree there are some objective reasons for that. However, the quality of the assistive technologies used also plays a major role.
Computer technology has been developing rapidly over recent years and the Internet has been the main driving force behind many of these changes. An increasing number of applications are becoming accessible through a web browser, which puts entirely new requirements on making them accessible to the blind.
Strategies aimed at making the whole cyberspace accessible are irreplaceable in many respects. However, they often produce solutions using of which requires not only above-average computer skills, but also above-average patience.
The FriendlyVox voice-enabled web portal comes up with a strategy based on a specific accessibility solution for the most commonly used Internet services. The intention is to provide superior access to services such as E-mail, YouTube, Wikipedia, Facebook and to become the globally preferred choice for the visually impaired users of these services.