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Author Norman, Kirk ♦ Zhu, Shaojian ♦ Arber, Yevgeniy ♦ Magnusson, Charlotte ♦ Kuber, Ravi
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract In this article, we describe an extension to a web browsing tool, designed to support individuals who are blind. The user is able to explore web-based content using the Geomagic Touch device. Both haptic and speech-based cues are presented when alighting over objects (e.g. images, hyperlinks, buttons and textboxes/textareas), replacing much of the structural information which can be difficult to obtain via a traditional screen reader. Findings from an observational study suggest that the tool offers promise to assist users with mapping the layout of objects on a web page. However, further refinements are needed, particularly when encountering smaller-sized objects located in close proximity to one another. In terms of future work, we aim to evaluate the tool with blind web developers who design for sighted audiences, or who work in teams with sighted developers, to determine whether the solution can support target users within the work environment.
Description Affiliation: UMBC, Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD (Kuber, Ravi; Zhu, Shaojian; Arber, Yevgeniy; Norman, Kirk) || Lund University, Certec, LTH, Lund, Sweden (Magnusson, Charlotte)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2007-06-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing (ASAC)
Issue Number 109
Page Count 7
Starting Page 4
Ending Page 10


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Source: ACM Digital Library