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An improved Web search engine for visually impaired users
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.
2012 (English)In: Universal Access in the Information Society, ISSN 1615-5289, E-ISSN 1615-5297, Vol. 11, no 2, 113-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Google search engine was studied as a Web prototype to be modified and improved for blind users. A Specialized Search Engine for the Blind (SSEB) was developed with an accessible interface and improved functions (searching assistance functions, user-centered functions, and specialized design for the blind). An experiment was conducted with twelve participants, both blind and sighted, to verify the effects of SSEB. The performance was better with the SSEB than with the Google search engine, and the participants also showed higher satisfactions with the SSEB. Interface considerations for designing an accessible Web site for blind users are important. The users of SSEB could in the future be expanded to include most, if not all, visually impaired people, since the World Wide Web and all Internet resources should ideally be accessible to everyone.

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2012. Vol. 11, no 2, 113-124 p.
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Blind users, Google search engine, Internet resources, User-centered, Visually impaired people, Visually-impaired users
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98327DOI: 10.1007/s10209-011-0250-zISI: 000304613500002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84861593453OAI: diva2:536907
QC 20120625Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-25 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved

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