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Map design for visually impaired people: past, present, and future research

Brock, Anke and Oriola, Bernard and Truillet, Philippe and Jouffrais, Christophe and Picard, Delphine Map design for visually impaired people: past, present, and future research. (2013) Médiation et Information, 36. 117-129. ISSN 1252-0993

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Abstract

Orientation and mobility are amongst the most important challenges for visually impaired people. Tactile maps can provide them with spatial knowledge of their environment, thereby reducing fear related to travelling in space. To date, raised-line paper maps have been used to make geographic information accessible, but these paper maps have significant limitations with regards to content and the presentation of information. Recent advances in technology may help to design usable interactive maps that overcome such limitations. In this paper, we first review different accessible map concepts. We then present our design of an interactive map prototype, and provide evidence of this interactive map's high user satisfaction and efficiency as compared to a regular raised-line paper map. To conclude, we suggest that advances in interactive technologies (e.g., haptic touch surfaces) provide a unique opportunity to design usable maps in the near future.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to L'Harmattan editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=numero&no=41823&no_revue=80
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Aix-Marseille Université - AMU (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:24 Mar 2015 07:20

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