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Knowledge of how to create and process rich media documents and create a multimedia browser for print disabled groups

Rich media documents following W3C are integrating several recommendations. In project Multireader HTML has been merged with SMIL (TIME), SVG and mark-up for creating indexes and navigation elements.

A set of containers has been developed suitable to enrich HTML documents by redundant media such as sign language videos, audio descriptions, subtitles, etc.

Authoring tools for may implement the container structure and apply the naming conventions.

Browsers are accessible for people with different reading disabilities if text and simple navigation techniques are being used. The Multireader front-end is a browser that has been developed on the basis of Internet Explorer to provide access to multimedia documents for example to blind readers as well as to deaf readers.

Automatic conversion of rich media document according to a user profile is implemented in the front-end. Authors may apply their existing HTML development tools and add more media through containers. The front-end will select the appropriate media then.

Usability of the front-end has been evaluated successfully. Thus very heterogeneous reader groups might use the front-end as their single reading program which may be individualized.

More information on the Multireader project can be found at:

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