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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)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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