Providing an Accessible Track Changes Feature for Persons Who Are Blind

  • John G. Schoeberlein
  • Yuanqiong Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8011)


Collaborative writing applications are widely utilized in the work place to co-author documents and to exchange ideas. Unfortunately, persons who are blind have difficulty in identifying the changes and their related context, which prevents them from actively participating in collaborative writing. In order to expand on the knowledge gained from previous research, additional usability studies were carried out with participants who are blind utilizing Microsoft Word with the focus on track change and comment features. Based on results from all the previous usability studies, a Microsoft Word Add-In was proposed to solve the issues identified. This paper briefly presents the results of the usability studies, the prototype design of the Microsoft Word Add-In and a pilot review of the Microsoft Word Add-In for making the track change and comment features accessible and usable.


Collaborative writing accessibility usability blind 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Schoeberlein
    • 1
  • Yuanqiong Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Towson UniversityTowsonUSA

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