The other day I was standing in the hotel bar watching the TV. The volume was turned down completely but thanks to the real-time captioning I was able to follow the news broadcast. The day after, I was spending some hours waiting for my delayed flight at Heathrow airport to get ready for departure. There was a TV on the waiting area, again with the volume turned down. This time there was no captioning. However, they did have a sign-language narrator in the bottom right corner of the screen. That didn’t help me much since I can’t understand sign language. I was experience “Situational Disability”. In this case, text would have helped everybody that could read.Now, what about Audio? There are a great number of reasons why audio version of the text is as universal as text version of audio. Take reading a news article as an example. It is fairly difficult (not to say dangerous) to read today’s edition of the International Herald Tribune when driving a car. Text just simply doesn’t do very well in that situation. Reading it on a small mobile display is also not the best way to consume the article. If you have some kind of disability that makes it difficult to read ANY text you are in about the same situation. The fact that we want to consume written text in a situation when that is not possible (or convenient) somehow makes us all disabled. It is the situation that creates the handicap, not necessarily our abilities. There are many people that are helped by speech function integrated on a website. I would dare to say that being able to listen to a web page is Universal Design. The last years more and more websites subscribe to our ReadSpeaker services that speech enable the websites for anyone that rather listens than reads. We are currently working very hard to make the services more usable in any kind of situation, and regardless of what device you happen to use. It is both a question of usability and mobile user experience. ReadSpeaker is in itself completely device independent since it is a server side service, and we are now finalizing our new implementation instructions that will ensure that it works on any computer, handheld, mobile phone and whatever device that could possibly have a web browser installed. The amount of people using the mobile phone to browse the Internet is increasing dramatically and within the next 2-3 years analysts expect that almost 3 billion people will have web access through their mobile phones. It is time to get ready for this. First, to create websites that work in all these devices and also, since we would probably not see any 17 inch displays on these, speech enable the sites. For everybody that rather listens than reads.