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Computers Helping People with Special Needs

Volume 7383 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 536-543

AccessibleMap

Web-Based City Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Höckner KlausAffiliated withHilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs
  • , Daniele MaranoAffiliated withHilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs
  • , Julia NeuschmidAffiliated withTransport, Environment and Information, CEIT ALANOVA – Institute of Urbanism
  • , Manfred SchrenkAffiliated withTransport, Environment and Information, CEIT ALANOVA – Institute of Urbanism
  • , Wolfgang WasserburgerAffiliated withTransport, Environment and Information, CEIT ALANOVA – Institute of Urbanism

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Abstract

Today cities can be discovered easily with the help of web-based maps. They assist to discover streets, squares and districts by supporting orientation, mobility and feeling of safety. Nevertheless do online maps still belong to those elements of the web which are hardly or even not accessible for partially sighted people. Therefore the main objective of the AccessibleMap project is to develop methods to design web-based city maps in a way that they can be better used by people affected with limited sight or blindness in several application areas of daily life.

Keywords

Accessible Maps Semantic description of maps Web Map Services Styled Layer Description