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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.

ISBN: 972-8865-00-7


Abstract

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.