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Blind Bargains Offers New Simple Ways to Search for Products

At Blind Bargains, we're always looking for new ways for you to more easily search and find products online. Now, we're pleased to offer two new options for users of the popular Window-Eyes and Jaws for Windows screen readers. Window-Eyes users can install our new Product Search script, a custom box which allows you to search for products and scroll through the results. With the script, it's simple to browse descriptions and open the websites for the products you are interested in. Other features allow you to copy the product's URL to the clipboard or export your results to a text file. Jaws users can try the Research-It script, written by Sean Randall. The Blind Bargains Product Search allows you to search for specific items directly from the Jaws Research-it command. You can find these programs on our new apps page, a central page where we will post the latest applications that are compatible with our site. If you have any comments or ideas for improvements, please don't hesitate to write us. If you are a developer and wish to create a Blind Bargains application for any platform or device, please send us a message. We offer simple tools to make programming apps as simple as possible.

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darknexus Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010 12:38 PM ET:

Why limit it to two screen readers? Why not a program that can be run with a shortcut key and will talk to the API of whichever screen reader is being used? That way you could support as many screen readers as you or others know how in one program, and a bug fix for one would be a bug fix for all.

J.J. Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010 12:44 PM ET:

We took that approach initially because it was the quickest to implement and also to play to the strengths of Research-It in Jaws and the dialog capabilities of Window-Eyes. The two programs, in fact, take rather different approaches at displaying the data. We're certainly all for a stand-alone Windows app as well as supporting other operating systems in the future. Also, our API is now open for developers so anyone who has the inclination and the programming know-how can talk to us about getting something going in their operating system or program of choice.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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