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Java Talks the Talk with IBM's Self-Voicing Kit

IBM Monday released the alpha version of its Self-Voicing Kit (SVK) on its alphaWorks Web site.

The SVK allows developers to create Java applications which will be accessable by millions of disabled people. The kit enables users to add, expand or customize the many accessibility features available in their applications, and features an audio interface which reads aloud the information which appears on the computer screen.

Until today's debut of the SVK technology, those computer users with disabilities may have been unable to utilize new applications until the product's developers could create "adaptive solutions." Now, with developers able to use the Self-Voicing Kit, people with disabilities are able to more successfully compete for technical jobs.

The Self-Voicing Kit utilizes IBM Access Engine technology, and enables developers to add an audio interface to any Java application; the Access Engine communicates directly with the accessible components of the Java application. Additionally, the SVK provides a method of testing and analyzing applications for accessibility by blind users.

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