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“UW software for blind Web users wins Microsoft prize”

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The Imagine Cup is an annual year-long student software competition with awards in 9 major categories. UW CSE’s WebAnywhere project has been named the worldwide winner of the “Interface Design Accessible Technology” division. WebAnywhere is the project of UW CSE Ph.D. student Jeff Bigham. WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader for the web. It requires no special software to be installed on the client machine and, therefore, enables blind people to access the web from any computer they happen to have access to that has a sound card. WebAnywhere runs on any machine regardless of what operating system it is running and regardless of what browsers are installed.