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AOL, Google Test Services For Hearing And Visually Impaired

AOL is testing closed captions in streaming news from CNN, while Google's research unit launched a search engine that favors Web pages it determines are easier to read for the visually impaired.

AOL and Google Inc. on Thursday started testing online services for the handicap.

AOL began testing closed captions in streaming news from CNN to help the deaf or hearing impaired, and Google's research unit launched a search engine that favors Web pages it determines are easier to read for the visually impaired.

The Google service, which the company calls "accessible search," examines the HTML behind Web pages to find those that have fewer visual distractions, render well with images turned off, and have other attributes favorable to the visually impaired.

AOL is offering captioned online videos from CNN that cover the day's headlines, current events, news stories, entertainment and other content. The portal plans to add closed captioning to other videos over the coming months.

AOL has set up a special page for direct links to the CNN videos.

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