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Dream Jobs 2012: Web Guru for the Blind

Chieko Asakawa IEEE MEMBER AGE 52 WHAT SHE DOES Develops software programs for visually impaired computer users. FOR WHOM IBM Research WHERE SHE DOES IT Tokyo FUN FACTORS Travels the world to meet collaborators; opens up online frontiers for herself and others; gets to tell hotshot Web designers how lousy their pages are. Chieko Asakawa has just given the IEEE Spectrum website a once-over, and the verdict isn't good. Her software program has declared that the site is neither operable nor understandable, and it has decorated Spectrum 's home page with a series of red frowny faces. "I'm afraid it's pretty bad," she says regretfully, smiling to soften the blow. Asakawa isn't talking about what the site looks like—for someone who navigates the site visually, it's a nicely organized wealth of information. But for Asakawa, who is blind, it's a mess. She uses an audio Web browser...

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