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Exploring WAI-Aria Techniques to Enhance Screen Reader Interaction: The Case of a Portal for Rating Accessibility of Cultural Heritage Sites

 

Cultural heritage sites (museums, archaeological parks, exhibition spaces, etc.) do not always guarantee accessibility to all users, regardless of their abilities. Often services are not really as usable and functional as expected. Currently there is no website offering accessibility information on heritage sites in a format accessible to all. People with disability or their caregivers are forced to spend considerable time and effort to obtain accessibility in-formation, sometimes encountering difficulties. The Axem portal aims to fill this gap by offering information on the degree of accessibility of cultur-al sites (museums, archaeological parks, libraries, art galleries, places of worship, exhibition spaces, etc.). It has been designed as a facility for peo-ple with disabilities and in general for all individuals who have special needs and require specific services. In this paper the Axem web site is pre-sented as a case study to (1) investigate the use of web techniques for en-hancing screen reading interaction, and (2) propose a portal to collect in-formation on accessible services supported by the cultural sites. Regarding web accessibility, the use of WAI ARIA, an accessible web design, is dis-cussed in order to improve screen reading interaction. Accessibility func-tions and features as well as the ranking algorithm for easy search and the rating mechanism are presented. This work offers a further contribution to the web accessibility field, while proposing a portal which could be ex-ploited by cultural heritage sites and promote their accessible services to people with disability.


HCI International 2020, online, 2020

Autori esterni: Barbara Leporini (ISTI-CNR), Francesca Romano (unipi)
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Tipo: Contributo in atti di convegno
Area di disciplina: Computer Science & Engineering

File: BuzziAXEM_HCII2020_Final_Final.pdf

Attività: Accessibility and Usability of User Interfaces