A prototype of google interfaces modified for simplifying interaction for blind users

Patrizia Andronico, Marina Buzzi, Carlos Castillo, Barbara Leporini

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Abstract

In this study we present a SW prototype developed within the framework of a research project aiming at improving the usability of search engines for blind users who interact via screen reader and voice synthesizer. Following the eight specific guidelines we proposed for simplifying interaction with search engines using assistive technology, we redesigned Google user interfaces (i.e. simple search and result pages) by using XSL Transformations, Google APIs and PERL technologies. A remote test with 12 totally blind users was carried out in order to evaluate the proposed prototype. Collected results highlight ways in which Google interfaces could be modified in order to improve usability for the blind. In our demo we will show how interaction with the modified Google UIs is simplified and how the time for reaching the most important elements (i.e. first query result, next result page, etc.) is shortened in comparison to interaction with the original Google UIs. The demo uses the JAWS screen reader for announcing the UI contents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006
Pages267-268
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventEighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 200625 Oct 2006

Publication series

NameEighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006
Volume2006

Other

OtherEighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period23/10/0625/10/06

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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Blind
  • Search engine
  • Usability
  • User interface design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Andronico, P., Buzzi, M., Castillo, C., & Leporini, B. (2006). A prototype of google interfaces modified for simplifying interaction for blind users. In Proceedings of the Eighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006 (pp. 267-268). (Eighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2006; Vol. 2006). https://doi.org/10.1145/1168987.1169048