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What is lost in translation from visual graphics to text for accessibility

Coppin, Peter (2015) What is lost in translation from visual graphics to text for accessibility. In: Proceedings of the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, 25-27 Sept 2015, Torino, Italy.

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Abstract

Many blind and low-vision individuals are unable to access
digital media visually. Currently, the solution to this
accessibility problem is to produce text descriptions of visual
graphics, which are then translated via text-to-speech screen
reader technology. However, if a text description can
accurately convey the meaning intended by an author of a
visualization, then why did the author create the visualization
in the first place? This essay critically examines this problem
by comparing the so-called graphic–linguistic distinction to
similar distinctions between the properties of sound and
speech. It also presents a provisional model for identifying
visual properties of graphics that are not conveyed via text-tospeech
translations, with the goal of informing the design of
more effective sonic translations of visual graphics.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Faculty of Design > Industrial Design
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 19:03
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2017 16:04
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1034

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