Seminar "Breaking the Digital Divide for the Visually Impaired"

You are sincerely invited to the seminar "Breaking the digital divide for the visually impaired" held by, Epro Systems and Hong Kong Polytechnic University on June 6, 2001.

Equal right in information access is highly desired in today's societies. In Fact, the Hong Kong Government is fully committed in enforcing the Disability Discrimination Ordinance to ensure that disabled people will also share the same rights. However, in reality it is not always the case unless we are equipped with adequate technology.

The Internet is evolving as one of the most important means of information access in Hong Kong. Yet, for disable people, specifically those who are visually impaired or illiterate, browsing the net for information is by no means an easy task.

We will share with you in this seminar the latest technological developments that help breaking the digital divide for the VIP. Last but not least, we are delighted to have Mr. C. Y. Chong (莊陳有先生), President of Hong Kong Blind Union, to be our keynote speaker.

Venue: Room 606, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: June 6, 2001 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Free of charge
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Please send us an email with your contact telephone number and state the no. of seats

2:30 p.m. Seminar introduction
2:35 p.m.

Keynote speech
Mr. C. Y. Chong (莊陳有先生), president of Hong Kong Blind Union

2:50 p.m. Demonstration of current technologies for the VIP to access the Internet
Mr. Yuen Chi Kei, assistant IT officer of HKBU
3:15 p.m. Demonstration of HanWEB and Speech Translation Server
Mr. Patrick Tsang
, Chief Operating Officer of
New server-side technologies:
- Automatic and real time translation of Chinese Web pages in Unicode, Big 5 and GB to Cantonese Braille, version.
- Automatic and real time translation of Chinese Web pages to Cantonese and English speech version.
- Automatic and real time translation of online PDF files to Cantonese Braille and speech versions.
3:45 p.m. Tea break
4:00 p.m. "Text-to-Speech Technology and its applications"
Dr. Lu Qin, associate professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University
4:15 p.m. Q & A

Please contact Ms. Kimmy Wong at 2865 3800 for any enquiries.
We look foward to seeing you at the seminar.