TopSearch is a specialized Web Browser for visually impaired people who are unable to read web pages in a standard web browser.
It works in combination with Google's Mobilizer© web page transcoding technology to create an optimized screen reader-friendly version of even the most "visually complicated" web pages.
TopSearch automatically reads each web page when it finishes loading the URL and when "tabbing" through links TopSearch will also announce the link name.
Basic instructions for using TopSearch are automatically announced on its home page.
TopSearch is only available from within TopOCR's Accessible User Interface by pressing the F11 key.
TopSearch has the following features:
- Completely self-voicing web browser - an external screen reader is not required
- Complete accessible interaction through the keyboard - a mouse is not required (but can be used as an option)
- Uses 20X Less memory than FireFox or Chrome or Internet Explorer
- No annoying pop-ups or slow flash files
- Immune to Viruses or other Malware
- Doesn't Permanently Cache Files
- Can be used as an HTML accessible file browser/reader
- Supports 11 languages
TopSearch uses Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 for its Text To Speech output processing which supports Windows Vista through Windows 10. As a result TopSearch does not support Windows XP (don't blame us, blame Microsoft!). If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, before you use TopSearch, you must download and install the Text To Speech Run-time and a Text To Speech Voice in the language of your choice (English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish). These files and directions are available here. If you have Windows 8.0 or later, the Microsoft Speech Platform 11.0 files are already installed on your PC and so it's not necessary for you to download and install them. TopSearch will automatically adapt to any display size of 1280x800 or greater in landscape orientation and typically uses less than 15 MB of RAM.
How Do You Use TopSearch?TopSearch has 16 command keys, ESC though F12 and the PLUS and MINUS and BACKSPACE keys.
Note: When changing the Google Country Code, you will need to exit and re-start TopSearch for the change to take effect and before you do a search.
TopSearch has an easy to use "virtual keyboard" that makes it easy to enter a search string. The virtual keyboard operates on the concept of creating an internal column of alpha-numeric characters with a character pointer. The user selects the F5 or F6 keys to move the character pointer to individual characters and then uses the F7 key to select a particular character. When the user has finished creating a search string they just press the Escape key to start the search. From the home page, just use the F3 or F4 key to tab to the Google© search box, and you when you hear the text, "Enter Google Search String", you can type your search string.
In addition to the Esc through F12 keys, you can also use the numeric keypad keys as command keys
TopSearch also has ten virtual buttons that can be accessed as links from any web page. They are automatically appended to the end of each page. No matter what link you have "tabbed" to, you can always press the F8 key followed by the F3 key to point to the list of virtual buttons.
Back to previous page.
Forward to next page
Refresh/Replay the current page
Go to the Home page
Go to the Bookmarks page
Go to the Help page
Pause or Resume Text To Speech
Turn On or Off "Eyes-Free" mode with Text To Speech (default is On)
Exit the Application
TopSearch and the Clipboard
After loading a URL, TopSearch automatically places the extracted text in the clipboard.
How Do You Use TopSearch Bookmarks?
Selecting the Bookmarks button will display the Bookmarks page. The Bookmarks page has one button to add the current URL as a bookmark and a list of individual Bookmarks preceeded by a delete button. The delete buttons will allow you to delete a specific bookmark. You can use the F3, F4 and Escape/Enter key to navigate, select and delete Bookmarks.