An empirical evaluation of a graphics creation technique for blind and visually impaired individuals

Fernando, Sandra and Ohene-Djan, James (2020) An empirical evaluation of a graphics creation technique for blind and visually impaired individuals. British Journal of Visual Impairment. ISSN 0264-6196

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The representation of pictorial data by people who are blind and sight impaired has gathered momentum with research and development; however, little research has focused on the use of a screen layout to provide people who are blind and sight impaired users with the spatial orientation to create and reuse graphics. This paper contributes an approach to navigating on the screen, manipulating computer graphics, and user-defined images. The technique described in this paper enables features such as zooming, grouping, and drawing by calling primitive and user-defined shapes. It enables blind people to engage and experience drawing and art production on their own. The navigation technique gives an initiative sense of autonomy with compass directions, makes it easy to learn, efficient to manipulate shape with a the simple drawing language and takes less time to complete with system support features. An empirical evaluation was conducted to validate the suitability of SETUP09 technique and to evaluate the accuracy, efficiency of the navigation and drawing techniques proposed. The drawing experiment results confirmed high accuracy (88%) and efficiency among BVI users.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drawing technique for blind people; blind drawing tools; screen navigation for blind and visually impaired people; blind imagery
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 740 Drawing & decorative arts
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Bal Virdee
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 10:38
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 09:39


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