Non-visual web browsing: Beyond web accessibility

I. V. Ramakrishnan, Vikas Ashok, Syed Masum Billah

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Abstract

People with vision impairments typically use screen readers to browse the Web. To facilitate non-visual browsing, web sites must be made accessible to screen readers, i.e., all the visible elements in the web site must be readable by the screen reader. But even if web sites are accessible, screen-reader users may not find them easy to use and/or easy to navigate. For example, they may not be able to locate the desired information without having to listen to a lot of irrelevant contents. These issues go beyond web accessibility and directly impact web usability. Several techniques have been reported in the accessibility literature for making the Web usable for screen reading. This paper is a review of these techniques. Interestingly, the review reveals that understanding the semantics of the web content is the overarching theme that drives these techniques for improving web usability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Novel Interactions - 11th International Conference, UAHCI 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages322-334
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319587028
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Event11th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 14 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10278 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period7/9/177/14/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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