Traversing the Web: Mobility Heuristics for Visually Impaired Surfers

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    Movement, or mobility, is a key to the accessibility, design, and usability of many Web sites. While some peripheral mobility issues have been addressed few have centered on the mobility problems of visually impaired users. We use our past work to address these issues and derive mobility heuristics from mobility models, use these heuristics to place mobility objects within a Web page, and describe the construction of a prototype mobility instrument, in the form of a Netscape plug-in, to process these objects. Our past work extends the notion of movement to include environment, feedback and the purpose of the current travel task. Specifically, we likened web use to travelling in a virtual space, compared it to travelling in a physical space, and introduced the idea of mobility - the ease of travel - as opposed to travel opportunity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, 2003. (WISE'03).
    EditorsTiziana Catarci, Missimo Mercella, John Mylopoulos, Maria E Orlowska
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-1999-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event4th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering - Rome , Italy
    Duration: 10 Dec 200312 Dec 2003


    Conference4th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering
    Abbreviated titleWISE'03


    • Internet
    • Web sites
    • handicapped aids
    • user interfaces
    • Netscape plug-in
    • Web access
    • Web pages
    • Web traversing
    • Web usage
    • World Wide Web
    • mobility heuristics
    • mobility models
    • mobility problems
    • peripheral mobility
    • physical space
    • prototype mobility instrument
    • virtual space
    • visually impaired surfers
    • Computer science
    • Feedback
    • Information management
    • Instruments
    • Mirrors
    • Navigation
    • Prototypes
    • Usability
    • Web page design


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