Implementing Disability Accommodations in a Widely Distributed Web Based Visualization and Analysis Platform – Weave

  • Heather Granz
  • Merve Tuccar
  • Shweta Purushe
  • Georges Grinstein
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8009)


Visualization tools give authors the ability to present large amounts of data in a way that allows the viewer to gain understanding of the data with just a glance. This strategy, while useful to the sighted population, presents obvious barriers for blind or visually impaired individuals. A solution to this problem has become more vital, as ever more publicly funded agencies turn to data visualization as a tool for conveying information to the public. In this paper we present a solution based on previous research that allows a system to do automatic analysis of a line chart visualization to extract and then present it’s intended message. Previous advancements in this area, an implemented prototype of the proposed solution and a description of the platform in which it was built are presented, as well as a discussion of the implications of this research and future work.


Weave visualization accessibility blind screen reader disability universal design vision access 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Granz
    • 1
  • Merve Tuccar
    • 1
  • Shweta Purushe
    • 1
  • Georges Grinstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA

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