Looks at the problems that visually disabled people are experiencing with the increasing use of computer software with graphical user interfaces [GUIs] and the move away from text based interfaces. The GUIB project, funded by the European Commission, has been looking at ways of solving this problem and has developed a terminal which integrates vertical and horizontal braille displays, a multi lingual speech synthesizer, other acoustic signals and a pressure sensitive touch pad. The guide display makes it possible for a blind person to look at the screen in a spatial way. The project has also identified ten principles to assist in the training of blind people in the use of GUIs. Concludes that in the future it will be necessary to anticipate new technological advances and ensure that they are developed with the needs of disabled people in mind.
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