[Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Describing a map research
fnugg at online.no
Fri Apr 9 09:27:50 UTC 2010
This sounds very interesting. I came over a tweet which led to a study
at the University of Toronto asking for feed help.
Include link to the research project and excerpt from it. Takes about 30
Describing a map
How Do You See Maps? <http://pyre.third-bit.com/blog/archives/3743.html>
2010-04-07 -- 11:42
Back in the 1990s, I did a bit of volunteer work with the Canadian
National Institute for the Blind <http://www.cnib.ca/>, and one of the
things I learned was that computers often make life even harder for
people whose lives are already hard enough. Remember when classified ads
went online? It was several years before screen readers like JAWS
caught up, which meant that for several years, finding a job or an
apartment was even harder for the visually impaired than it had been.
And just when things had settled down, AJAX appeared and broke screen
Another recent(ish) development that has made life harder for the
visually impaired is the increased use of maps on the web. One of my
grad students, Alecia Fowler, is trying to address that problem by
finding out how best to describe maps to people who can't see them. If
you're willing to give her 30 minutes of your time, please head over to
<http://www.cs.utoronto.ca/%7Ealeciaf/maps/> and give her little "game"
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