The client is a full-time journalist and part-time graduate student. She reads voraciously for her work, studies, and personal enjoyment.
Her disability is low-vision. She also has computer-induced repetitive strain injuries. Her preferred way to read magazine and newspaper articles is to download them from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Digital Library into a specific folder, rename the files, and upload them to a portable reading device.
She experiences difficulties downloading articles because
I developed an interactive Macro Express script to automate the downloading of related articles. When the client presses a hotkey, the macro prompts her to key in:
For each article, the macro sends keystrokes to download a file, and assign it a three-part file name:
Publication - Two-digit article number - Description
After each download, the script increments the article counter and sends the exact number of tabs to reach the next article link. All articles are downloaded to a folder:
New York Times - 01 - June 2008.html
New York Times - 02 - June 2008.html
New York Times - 03 - June 2008.html
The cost to develop the macro was about $100 plus the cost of Macro Express, which the client already owned.