RefLink: An Interface that Enables People with Motion Impairments to Analyze Web Content and Dynamically Link to References
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Citation (published version)Deshpande, Smita; Betke, Margrit. "RefLink: An Interface that Enables People with Motion Impairments to Analyze Web Content and Dynamically Link to References", Technical Report BUCS-TR-2009-008, Computer Science Department, Boston University, March 11, 2009. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1732]
We present RefLink, an interface that allows users to analyze the content of webpages by dynamically linking to an online encyclopedia such as Wikipedia. Upon opening a webpage, RefLink instantly provides a list of terms extracted from the webpage and annotates each term by the number of its occurrences in the page. RefLink uses the text-to-speech interface to read out the list of terms. The user can select a term of interest and follow its link to the encyclopedia. RefLink thus helps the users to perform an informed and efficient contextual analysis. Initial user testing suggests that RefLink is a valuable web browsing tool, in particular for people with motion impairments, because it simplifies the process of obtaining reference material and performing contextual analysis.