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Facilitating blind people to independently format their documents

Facilitating blind people to independently format their documents Facilitating Blind People To Independently Format Their Documents Lourdes M. Morales Villaverde University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA lommoral@ucsc.edu Abstract There is evidence that blind people's documents are treated dismissively when they do not match "expected" standards of document presentation. Many blind persons feel it is important to format their document and rely on sighted people to help them format their documents. Still, research on word processors for blind people generally focuses on supporting tasks associated with writing documents rather than document formatting. My thesis research aims to help blind people be more independent in producing wordprocessed documents that meet the presentation standards expected by sighted readers. This will be carried out over the next four years, supervised by Prof. Sri Kurniawan and in collaboration with sighted and blind persons, as an iterative design and evaluation of a Microsoft Office add-in whose functionalities will be informed by what sighted people expect in well-formatted documents and the problems blind persons have with independent formatting using current tools. Background and Motivation There is considerable work that focuses on facilitating the interaction between blind people and computer-based applications [1,5,7], but there is not as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Facilitating blind people to independently format their documents

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2014 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1558-2337
DOI
10.1145/2591357.2591363
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Facilitating Blind People To Independently Format Their Documents Lourdes M. Morales Villaverde University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA lommoral@ucsc.edu Abstract There is evidence that blind people's documents are treated dismissively when they do not match "expected" standards of document presentation. Many blind persons feel it is important to format their document and rely on sighted people to help them format their documents. Still, research on word processors for blind people generally focuses on supporting tasks associated with writing documents rather than document formatting. My thesis research aims to help blind people be more independent in producing wordprocessed documents that meet the presentation standards expected by sighted readers. This will be carried out over the next four years, supervised by Prof. Sri Kurniawan and in collaboration with sighted and blind persons, as an iterative design and evaluation of a Microsoft Office add-in whose functionalities will be informed by what sighted people expect in well-formatted documents and the problems blind persons have with independent formatting using current tools. Background and Motivation There is considerable work that focuses on facilitating the interaction between blind people and computer-based applications [1,5,7], but there is not as

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jan 1, 2014

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