Developing Accessible City Maps for the Web

Julia Neuschmid, Patrick Krejci, Manfred Schrenk, and Wolfgang Wasserburger


web mapping, accessibility, e-Inclusion, semantics


E-inclusion and web-accessibility are issues that are gaining more and more attention. The social value of the web is that it enables human communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. The World Wide Web Consortium states that one of the goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability is. Focusing on web-mapping, this area of the web requires development in terms of e-inclusion, especially in regards to users with low vision, colour vision deficiencies, and blindness. Web-based maps aim to assist users with discovery of new cities, orientation, mobility, and can also support the overall feeling of safety. Therefore the aim is the development of an assistive solution that makes web-based city maps accessible more easily for partially sighted people.

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