A Non-visual Approach to Improving Collaboration Between Blind and Sighted Internet Users
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Type of Work10 pages
conference papers and proceeding preprints
Citation of Original PublicationKuber, Ravi; Yu, Wai; McAllister, Graham; A Non-visual Approach to Improving Collaboration Between Blind and Sighted Internet Users; In proceedings of Human Computer Interaction International'07 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4556) (2007); https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-540-73283-9_99
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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.