The Implementation of CUVoiceBrowser, A Voice Web Navigation Tool for the Disabled Thais

P. Punyabukkana, J. Chirathivat, C. Chanma, J. Maekwongtrakarn, and A. Suchato (Thailand)


Web browser, speech recognition, text-to-speech, and assistive technology


Surfing the web is, today, a daily activity for most. While we utilize the web as a means of publishing information to the world and accessing information from wherever, less fortunate people do not have that privilege and this includes the blind and the motor-handicapped. This paper explains how we have designed and built the CUVoiceBrowser, a web browser that can be controlled by voice in the Thai language to serve the Thai disabled group. While many have worked on text-to-speech capabilities in reading web pages to the blind, we focus on taking commands from the blinds and the motor handicapped, in Thai, to navigate the web and to search for information on the web. Our prototype shows high accuracy rate of over 80% when users speak their web navigation commands, and over 70% when Thai characters are inputted by voice.

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