Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Graphical world opens for visually-impaired people

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From my ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) TechNews email newsletter-

The IST-funded Interactive Tactile Interface (ITACTI) project has developed a new device that will use a graphical display to open the world of images to the visually impaired, just as Braille makes text accessible..more

definitely interesting as we start discussing making visualization a common information delivery mechanism. Our text based products have been certified for the visually impaired for a while- I remember quite well because i used to work with our govt team and it was a huge step in selling to agencies that by federal law had to use services that incorporated standards in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines for accessibility. As more products produce visual outputs technologies like what IST is working on will become even more important.

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