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Assembling the Senses: Towards the Design of Cooperative Interfaces for Visually Impaired Users
KTH, Superseded Departments, Numerical Analysis and Computer Science, NADA. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Center for Useroriented IT Design, CID.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Numerical Analysis and Computer Science, NADA. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Center for Useroriented IT Design, CID.
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2004 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2004), 2004, 332-341 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The needs of blind and visually impaired users are seriously under-investigated in CSCW. We review work on assistive interfaces especially concerning how collaboration between sighted and blind users across different modalities might be supported. To examine commonly expressed design principles, we present a study where blind and sighted persons play a game to which the former has an auditory interface, the latter a visual one. Interaction analyses are presented highlighting features of interface design, talk and gesture which are important to the participants’ abilities to collaborate. Informed by these analyses, we reconsider design principles for cooperative interfaces for the blind.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 332-341 p.
Keyword [en]
Universal (or disability) access, assistive technologies, auditory input/output, sound in the user-interface, sonification, user interface design, CSCW, qualitative empirical methods, interaction analysis, Conversation Analysis, cross-modal interaction, collaboration
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8468Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-21644443643ISBN: 1-58113-810-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8468DiVA: diva2:13799
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QC 20100921Available from: 2008-05-16 Created: 2008-05-16 Last updated: 2010-09-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Contextualizing Accessibility: Interaction for Blind Computer Users
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contextualizing Accessibility: Interaction for Blind Computer Users
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Computer usage today is predominantly based on graphical interaction, where the visual presentation of information is essential both for input (hand-eye coordination when using a computer mouse), and output (seeing the information on a computer screen). This can create difficulties for blind computer users, both at an individual level when interacting with a computer, and also when collaborating with other computer users.

The work presented in this thesis has investigated interaction for blind computer users in three stages. First investigating access to information by making studies on an interactive audio-only game, drawing conclusions about auditory direct manipulation and auditory interface design. Second studying collaboration between blind and sighted computer users in two different contexts, leading to questioning of commonly expressed design principles regarding access to collaboration. Finally studying accessibility in a working environment, finding out how technology, the assistive device used by the blind person, communication with others and professional knowledge interplayed to create an accessible work environment.

Based on these empirical studies, the main conclusion from this work is a proposal of a research perspective, Assistive interfaces as cooperative interfaces. Here, the context where the interface is going to be used is in focus, and cooperative and social dimensions of interaction are acknowledged and highlighted. The design and analysis of assistive devices should be highly sensitive to the socio-interactional environment, and not just focusing on the single individual using an assistive device.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. 88 p.
Series
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2008:10
Keyword
Accessibility, contextual, blind users, auditory displays and sonification, collaboration, CSCW, working division of labour, assistive interfaces, human-computer interaction
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4758 (URN)978-91-7178-992-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-06-05, Q1, Osquldasväg 4, Stockholm, 10:15
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QC 20100921Available from: 2008-05-16 Created: 2008-05-16 Last updated: 2010-09-21Bibliographically approved

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