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Tactile Semantics: Browsing the Internet Blind
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research project is focused on understanding the current needs of blind users in the context of browsing on the internet. The research methods used have an inclusive design approach. The outcome was intended for both for the blind and normally sighted. 

At the broadest level, this project is about reducing cognitive effort in human to computer interaction. At the next level it is about browsing the internet. Everyone using a computer and surfing the web at some point goes through the mental task of comparing between alternative choices.

Examining today’s obstacles for the blind, what aspects of the experience could we improve? Could we design a better cognitive browsing experience for all users focusing on nonvisual aspects of the user experience? What would it look like, how would it behave and what characteristics would it carry? 

The Semantic Scroller is a concept that could be implemented today but actually presupposes the use of some new HTML specifications specifically the adoption of “open” semantic tags. Unlike existing semantic tags like <nav> and <article> which are too context specific, an open framework would enable coders include contextual semantic descriptions where ever necessary. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 119 p.
Keyword [en]
vision impairments, blind, partial vision, internet browsing, web browsing, semantic html
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-73352OAI: diva2:631096
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Degree Project, Interaction Design
Educational program
Master's programme in Interaction Design
Available from: 2013-06-20 Created: 2013-06-20 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved

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