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SoundBar: exploiting multiple views in multimodal graph browsing

By D.K. McGookin and S.A. Brewster


In this paper we discuss why access to mathematical graphs is problematic for visually impaired people. By a review of graph understanding theory and interviews with visually impaired users, we explain why current non-visual representations are unlikely to provide effective access to graphs. We propose the use of multiple views of the graph, each providing quick access to specific information as a way to improve graph usability. We then introduce a specific multiple view system to improve access to bar graphs called SoundBar which provides an additional quick audio overview of the graph. An evaluation of SoundBar revealed that additional views significantly increased accuracy and reduced time taken in a question answering task

Topics: QA75, QA76
Publisher: ACM Press
Year: 2006
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Provided by: Enlighten

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