The aim of the StudyBar project has been to create a toolbar which can be used in all modern browsers (FireFox, Internet Explorer 8, Chrome, Safari, Opera), which provides users with customisation options and tools to aid studying. StudyBar is an improvement upon the current Techdis Toolbar, which currently only works in Internet Explorer.
At this stage of development we have spec’d out the technologies that will be used, and are currently working on:
- Dynamic toolbar items.
- Text To Speech Server based on the Festival engine.
- A SpellChecker with intelligent suggestion.
- Preset CSS style loading into webpages.
- Increase/Decrease text size on page.
- Alter colour of toolbar.
These functions will be available to any page that the user is viewing, using any of the aforementioned web browsers.
At the current stage of development, very rudimentary versions of almost all of these features are present, although slightly buggy. More features will be added as the development time passes to bring it in line, and hopefully surpass current toolbar featuresets.