Automatic inspection-based support for obtaining usable Web sites for vision-impaired users

  • Francesco Correani
  • Barbara Leporini
  • Fabio Paternò
Long Paper


The aim of this work is to provide designers and developers of Web applications with support to obtain systems that are usable for vision-impaired users. To this end, a number of design criteria to improve Web site navigation through screen readers or other similar devices have been defined. A user test by blind and vision-impaired subjects showed that such criteria improve Web site usability both qualitatively and quantitatively. An inspection-based tool has been developed to ease the application of the defined criteria. Its main features are presented in this article along with examples of applications and related discussion.


Usability and accessibility Automatic inspection Vision-impaired users Guidelines Tools 



The authors thank Francesco Conversano for his help in the development of the tool and Domenico Natale (SOGEI) for useful discussions on the topics of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Correani
    • 1
  • Barbara Leporini
    • 1
  • Fabio Paternò
    • 1
  1. 1.ISTI-C.N.RPisaItaly

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