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“Braillekrant” and “DiGiKrant”: a Daily Newspaper for Visually Impaired Readers

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At present Belgium is one of the rare countries that have a daily newspaper accessible to visually impaired readers. Both an electronic version (DiGiKrant) and a Braille paper version (BrailleKrant) are published on a day-to-day basis. This paper shows what challenges exist for visually impaired readers to read a paper and how these challenges can be overcome. It further explains how the accessible newspapers are being created. In the publication process the XML standard is extensively used, not only as an exchange format between content providers and the publishers, but also as a format enabling a usable access to the electronic newspaper by the visually impaired reader. The paper shows which information formats are used and how the process of conversion between them works.

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