An Accessible Interaction Model for Data Visualisation in Statistics

  • A. Jonathan R. Godfrey
  • Paul Murrell
  • Volker Sorge
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10896)


Data is everywhere and its communication and understanding is an important pre-requisite for the full participation of individuals in the information age. Good data visualisation is commonly used to great effect for the sighted world, but are practically useless to a blind audience. Blind people are at risk of being left behind if efforts are not made to improve the access to information that is not traditionally conveyed in text, whether that text be accessed in braille, audio, or a computer’s screen reading software. Our work aims to provide an accessible way for blind users to easily, efficiently, and most importantly accurately, explore and query the data contained in diagrams such as bar charts, box plots, time series, and many more. We employ the statistical software environment R not only as a means to generate accessible diagrams, but also as a way for blind users to directly interact with data in the same way as their sighted peers by supporting immediate data visualisation via screen reading and interactive exploration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jonathan R. Godfrey
    • 1
  • Paul Murrell
    • 2
  • Volker Sorge
    • 3
  1. 1.Massey UniversityAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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