Design and User Satisfaction of Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People

  • Anke Brock
  • Philippe Truillet
  • Bernard Oriola
  • Delphine Picard
  • Christophe Jouffrais
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)


Multimodal interactive maps are a solution for presenting spatial information to visually impaired people. In this paper, we present an interactive multimodal map prototype that is based on a tactile paper map, a multi-touch screen and audio output. We first describe the different steps for designing an interactive map: drawing and printing the tactile paper map, choice of multi-touch technology, interaction technologies and the software architecture. Then we describe the method used to assess user satisfaction. We provide data showing that an interactive map – although based on a unique, elementary, double tap interaction – has been met with a high level of user satisfaction. Interestingly, satisfaction is independent of a user’s age, previous visual experience or Braille experience. This prototype will be used as a platform to design advanced interactions for spatial learning.


blind visual impairment accessibility interactive map tactile map multi-touch satisfaction SUS usability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anke Brock
    • 1
  • Philippe Truillet
    • 1
  • Bernard Oriola
    • 1
  • Delphine Picard
    • 2
  • Christophe Jouffrais
    • 1
  1. 1.IRIT-UMR5505, Université de Toulouse & CNRSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Octogone, Université de Toulouse, France & Institut Universitaire deFrance

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