The WebbIE software programs are programs that make it easier for blind and visually-impaired people, especially using screen readers, to browse the web, get the latest news, listen to podcasts and radio stations and other common tasks. They work with any screen reader, including JAWS, WindowEyes, Thunder, NVDA and Narrator. They have been provided completely free since 2001 by Dr. Alasdair King. See the Blog for update news.


WebbIE Programs

WebbIE Web Browser

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WebbIE lets you browse web pages, search the web, fill in forms, do ecommerce, and use online email, all in a highly-usable text-only display that works with any screenreader. Read More about WebbIE Web Browser.

PDF Reader

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This simple application opens PDF files as plain text. This makes it easy to read them with a screenreader. You can also save files as text documents so you can read them easily later. Read More about PDF Reader.

BBC iPlayer Radio

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This application lets you play BBC Radio programmes from the last seven days that they make available through the iPlayer website. It's designed to be very simple to use for screenreader users: you can select and start a programme easily. Read More about BBC iPlayer Radio.

BBC Live Radio

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This simple application lets you listen to one of dozens of live BBC radio stations online with a couple of key presses. It's easy to use with any screenreader - much simpler than the BBC site. So you can enjoy listening to radio stations without lots of technical knowledge or difficulty. Read More about BBC Live Radio.

Clock 2

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A high-visibility speaking clock with reminders and alarms. Read More about Clock.

RSS News Reader

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Provides you with the latest news and items from your favourite online newspapers and websites in a simple, accessible format. No more trudging through big websites with hundreds of links. Go straight to the stories that want. Read More about RSS News Reader.

BBC iPlayer TV

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Lists all the available BBC television programmes available through iPlayer, and lets you start them easily with one keypress. Read More about BBC iPlayer TV.


Install Podcatcher now.

Listen to podcasts, online audio radio and internet shows, and download them for later listening. Read More about Podcatcher.


Install Calendar now.

Keep track of appointments and reminders, add and be alerted to your own events quickly and easily. Read More about Calendar.

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