Monday, May 21, 2007

Listening to Usability In The News

We have added a new feature to Usability In The News that allows you to listen to each article. The audio was added to the blog for three reasons: (a) to make the blog more accessible for people with visual impairments, (b) to allow you to listen to articles while you are doing other things on your computer, and (c) to permit you to listen the articles while doing other activities away from your computer. For example, you can listen to the articles while driving your car, going for a walk, or jogging.

You can now listen to each article individually by clicking on “Listen to this article” at the end of each article. Also, you can add Usability In The News to any media player as an Audio RSS subscription. Just click on the Talkr icon in the sidebar. Then add the audio RSS URL to any media player like Windows Media Player, Real Player, iPod, Yahoo, Juice, etc.

This service is brought to you via Talkr which is a text to speech application. Listening to individual articles is intuitive – just click the link at the bottom of the article. If you want to listen to all the articles at one time, you might want to use a “podcast client” such as Juice. Also, if you want to listen in your car, look at the methods described by Talker.

Please let us know if you find this service useful.

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