Designing Accessible Maps on Mobile Devices for Blind and Visually Impaired Users

Tania Calle-Jimenez, Sergio Luján-Mora, Hugo Arias-Flores, Carlos Ramos-Galarza, Isabel L. Nunes

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Abstract

Currently, there is a high percentage of people with visual disabilities worldwide. Sometimes, these people do not have access to the information of online geographic maps. A traditional map published on the Web does not provide the necessary alternative information for people with visual disabilities. This research presents a mobile application with geographic maps that provides the information in audio format to blind and visually impaired users. The application uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG Tiny) format that allows additional information to be stored within the map code. SVG Tiny provides to screen readers the content inside of map code to transform text to audio. The tests were carried out through accessibility assessment tools, which showed a level of accessibility greater than 90%. In addition, tests were carried out with blind people, who were satisfied with the level of accessibility of the mobile application.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Industrial Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Design for Inclusion, Affective and Pleasurable Design, Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, Kansei Engineering, and Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering
EditorsIsabel L. Nunes
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages110-116
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-51194-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-51193-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 202020 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume1202 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period16/07/2020/07/20

Keywords

  • Accessible online maps
  • Blind users
  • Mobile devices
  • Visually impaired users
  • WCAG 2.1
  • Web accessibility

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