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Computer System for the Blind Makes Debut in China

Developed by departments under Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Chinese Braille Computer System has successfully gone through the verification, by which the blind can fully enjoy the convenience of computer.

Such system adopts a special kind of keyboard technology, by which the blind can get phonetic explanation and relating words while putting in Braille publication, Chinese or ASCII. This system provides several automatic transforms translating Chinese to several Braille codings and makes the blind "read" Chinese articles directly.

This system realizes the goal of acquiring and reading the information on the full screen. It can also automatically distinguish simplified Chinese characters from the traditional Chinese characters, and Chinese from English, making the user able to "read" all kinds of information on the screen.

Meanwhile, the system can put out the information acquired from the screen into special equipment and provide the user with the intellectualized phonetic navigation. The blind can use the computer freely and independently like a normal person under the direct "guide" from the computer.

(People's Daily August 4, 2003)

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