Firstly, with the current online learning and working situation, we’ve observed that many university students and working professionals struggle to keep track of every deadline, daily task, exam, etc. For instance, many students stress that they must read five or six syllabi, keep track of daily due dates, and remember important assignment deadlines. Monitoring weekly quizzes and homework for multiple courses quickly becomes overwhelming and a burden on students’ mental wellbeing. Secondly, by January 1, 2021, all public sector organizations in Ontario must have 100% accessible web content, meeting the accessibility requirements of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. Businesses that do not comply are at risk of being reported, which could result in a daily fine of up to $100,000. Moreover, 73% of potentially disabled people find conflict on 1 in 4 of websites visited. This means that Ontario is taking accessibility needs more seriously than ever before and that the demand for accessible websites are spiking.
What it does
Branch is a web application and Chrome extension that has several functions to satisfy the increasing demand of a file reader to scan and output key information in a long text as well as accessibility accommodation for disabilities. Branch scans text and outputs desired key information into a chosen medium. Also, Branch gives the option to change the colour of text and images, adjust night mode on a scale, convert text to speech, and magnify any words on the page that are difficult to read to accommodate needs. Even after initial launching, we will continue to improve Branch in the Introduction phase based on user feedback.
What's next for Branch: Branching toward a better tomorrow