Accessibility and Visually Impaired Users
António Ramires Fernandes, Jorge Pereira & J. Creissac Campos (visit this page for up to date information)
In I. Seruca & J. Filipe & S. Hammoudi & J. Cordeiro, editor(s), ICEIS 2004: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (vol. 5), INSTICC Press, pages 75-80, Porto, Portugal. April, 2004.
Internet accessibility for the visually impaired community is still an
open issue. Guidelines have been issued by the W3C consortium to help web
designers to improve web site accessibility. However several studies show
that a significant percentage of web page creators are still ignoring the
proposed guidelines. Several tools are now available, general purpose, or
web specific, to help visually impaired readers. But is reading a web
page enough? Regular sighted users are able to scan a web page for a
particular piece of information at high speeds. Shouldn't visually
impaired readers have the same chance? This paper discusses some features
already implemented to improve accessibility and presents a user feedback
report regarding the AudioBrowser, a talking browser. Based onthe user
feedback the paper also suggests some avenues for future work in order to
make talking browsers and screen readers compatible.