Until 1994, The
library of the
National Association for the Hungarian Blind and Partially Sighted
was not in the posession of a computer program providing more for the blind
computer users than an itemized booklist of the
talking book library. This
circumstance brought us to the idea to develop a software that handles a
comprehensive database in which the users can find brief reviews about the
contents of those talking books and plus a few sentences about the style and the
literary significance of the particular books. A further purpose of these
reviews was to shape and improve the readers' literary taste, and to help them
in choosing more valuable works to read.
This program known as
"BROWSER" (Tallózó) among the
blind users has been made
by the collaboration of
my husband Endre Csapo.
He is a computer programmer.
We take care about the special needs of the visually impaired users, the
Tallozó program primarily
BRAILAB-PC speaking adaptor
which is widely used by the Hungarian
blinds. However, at the same time, we aimed to yield a well-readable,
perspecuous and easy-to-use surface combined with an aesthetical appearance for
the sighted users and for the ones with low vision.
The current version of the database consists of 3060 reviews.
Approx. 1400 ones of them can also be found on this homepage, plus 1650
extra rewiews about my long-time favorites, such books which are
not yet available in talking book format (i.e. works about literary
aesthetics, theory and philosophy).
The talking book library specializes in the following areas:
Literature for adults published in Hungarian language,
Literature for children and the youth published in Hungarian language,
General and special publications for professional use in Hungarian language,
Scientific and informative works for adults in Hungarian,
Mainly literary works discussed in the primary and secondary school
education in Hungary.
Hereby I must say thank you to the
us to develop this browser program, and to
his expertise to our submitted application packet.
Now I quote the last few lines of his expertise below:
"Although the 'BROWSER'
is required to comply with the modest demands
of the talking book library, it seems to be worthwhile to install
this program on a major Internet server, as well."
If you have any questions related to this homepage or suggestions to make it
better you can access me by
sending an E-mail