A Non-Visual Approach To Improving Collaboration Between Blind And Sighted Internet Users

Kuber, Ravi, Yu, Wai and McAllister, Graham (2007) A Non-Visual Approach To Improving Collaboration Between Blind And Sighted Internet Users. In: International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction held at the HCI International 2007, Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA.

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Abstract

Assistive technologies have widened access to the Web, by providing a non-visual representation of page content for blind individuals. However, restrictions imposed by screen readers and Braille output devices have led to the development of mental representations of a web page, which differ considerably from the visual layout. As a result, both blind and sighted users find it difficult to perform joint web-based tasks. In this paper, we have applied a structured participatory-based approach to develop haptic sensations to assist the collaborative process. Preliminary results are reported and on-going development is discussed. It is anticipated that findings from the study will inform a haptic framework, which will assist developers when designing an accessible collaborative interface, using the benefits which the sense of touch can offer.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Graham McAllister
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:30
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 09:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26271
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