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Touch the map! Designing Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People

Brock, Anke Touch the map! Designing Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People. (2013) ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing (105). 9-14. ISSN 1558-2337

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2444800.2444802


Visually impaired people face important challenges related to orientation and mobility. Accessible geographic maps are helpful for travel preparation. Historically, raised-line paper maps have been used, but these maps possess significant limitations. However, recent technological advances have enabled the design of accessible interactive maps that overcome these limitations. This paper presents the development of an accessible interactive map prototype based on the cycle of participatory design. Development steps are presented for each phase in the cycle: the analysis of context and users' needs, generation of design ideas, prototyping and the evaluation of the prototype with visually impaired users. Our studies confirm a high usability and, thus, importance of these map types to the visually impaired.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to ACM editor. The definitive version is available at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2444800.2444802
HAL Id:hal-01123505
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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