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Accessibility in Virtual Communities of Practice Under the Optics of Inclusion of Visually Impaired

  • Luís Felipe Cândido MarquesEmail author
  • Daniela Freitas Guilhermino
  • Maria Eduarda de Araújo Cardoso
  • Rafaella Aline Lopes da Silva Neitzel
  • Larissa Albano Lopes
  • José Reinaldo Merlin
  • Giovanne dos Santos Striquer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9737)

Abstract

Accessibility aims to ensure better quality of life to people, specially people with disabilities. Thus, it is possible to break down barriers and allow everyone, independently its specificities, have access to the same contents, materials and places equally. Many barriers are still encountered in terms of the accessibility of computing environments for the visually impaired. However, the accessibility should assume a requisite role in the quality of software to enable the inclusion of people with different types of visual impairment in these environments. The Virtual Communities of Practice (VCoPs) are important computing environments that promote interaction and collaboration between people, however, these areas also have many limitations to the inclusion of people with disabilities, including the visually impaired. Thus, this research investigates the visually impaired needs to access the VCoPs, analyzing the main existing guidelines with the aid of some accessibility evaluation tools. With the analysis of the results in accessibility evaluations it is intended to support the design process of inclusive VCoPs for the visually impaired.

Keywords

Accessibility Visually impaired Virtual communities of practice 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Araucaria Foundation for the support in this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luís Felipe Cândido Marques
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniela Freitas Guilhermino
    • 1
  • Maria Eduarda de Araújo Cardoso
    • 1
  • Rafaella Aline Lopes da Silva Neitzel
    • 1
  • Larissa Albano Lopes
    • 1
  • José Reinaldo Merlin
    • 1
  • Giovanne dos Santos Striquer
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Technological SciencesState University of ParanáBandeirantesBrazil

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