WebAnywhere has been initialized and is now ready to use. Press CTRL and 'forward slash' key at any time to hear a list of available shortcut keys.

WebAnywhere is a non-visual interface to the web that requires no new software to be downloaded or installed.It works right in the browser, which means you can access it from any computer, even locked-down public computer terminals.WebAnywhere enables you to interact with the web in a similar way to how you may have used other screen readers before.

For quick access to WebAnywhere type webanywhere.cs.cmu.edu into your browser.

WebAnywhere works best with the Chrome web browser.We're working quickly to fix bugs and add features, so you should expect rapid development in the coming weeks and months.Because WebAnywhere is released right on the web, you'll always have the latest version when you visit this site.

Using WebAnywhere

You can interact with WebAnywhere using the keyboard. A selection of keyboard commands that are currently supported is listed below, and can be accessed at any time by pressing '/'. Pressing SHIFT in combination with them reverses the direction of the search, searching backward from the current cursor position instead of forward from it.

  • CTRL+L - move the cursor to the location box where you can type a URL to visit.
  • Arrow Down - read the next element on the page.
  • Arrow Up - read the previous element on the page.
  • TAB - skip to the next link or form control.
  • CTRL - silence WebAnywhere and pause the system.
  • CTRL+H - skip to the next heading.
  • CTRL+I - skip to the next input element.
  • CTRL+R - skip to the next row by cell when in a table.
  • CTRL+D - skip to the next column by cell when in a table.
  • Page Down - read continuously from the current position.
  • Home - read continuously, starting over from the beginning of the page.
  • CTRL+Arrow Down - when a selection box is focused, read the next option.
  • CTRL+Arrow Up - when a selection box is focused, read the previous option.
  • CTRL+F - search text in current page.
  • ALT+Arrow Left - Go back to previous page.
  • ALT+Arrow Right - Go forward to next page.

WebAnywhere in Action

We've recorded a short video with audio narration to introduce you to the system.