Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Web Firm Takes Services to Oz

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Web Firm Takes Services to Oz

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AN Australian council is the among the first organisations in the country to snap up a web accessibility service devised in Gateshead.

Recite enables websites to be more suitable to dyslexic or visually impaired users, and can be integrated by adding a single line of code. It was set up by former Northumbria University Student Union president Ross Linnett after he discovered he was dyslexic, and has also been used by North East organisations such as Sunderland City Council.

Linnett visited Australia with the support of UK Trade and Investment to spread the word about the product, and has signed up Moreland City Council and the Starlight Children's Foundation. A number of other companies and organisations have expressed an interest.

Linnett said: "On my first trip to Australia earlier this year I saw clear opportunities to market the Recite platform to educational institutions, charities and public sector bodies, as well as private companies. This time we've sealed the deal with two high-profile clients and this will hopefully lead to many more. …

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