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IBM looks to be trying to make multimedia content on the web slightly more accessible to the blind, developing a new browser that'll make it easier to sort out audio and video from other content, with the project itself led by a blind researcher at the company, the BBC reports. Dubbed the Accessibility Browser, or A-Browser for short, it'll apparently let users control audio and video with a few keystrokes instead of a mouse, including the the ability to slow down or speed up video, as well as access alternate audio tracks for the blind when available. It does seem to have a few drawbacks, however, with it currently compatible only with Real Player and Windows Media Player, leaving many sites nigh impenetrable. That could conceivably change though, as the company's also set to make the browser open source when it's ready, which should come sometime later this year.

[Via Daily Tech]



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