An improved Web search engine for visually impaired users

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Yi Yang, Sheue Ling Hwang, Bo Schenkman
Title: An improved Web search engine for visually impaired users
Journal: Universal Access in the Information Society
Year: 2012
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Pagination: 113-124
ISSN: 1615-5289
Publisher: Springer
URI/DOI: 10.1007/s10209-011-0250-z
ISI number: 000304613500002
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/mam/
Language: English
Abstract: The Google search engine was studied as a Web prototype to be modified and improved for blind users. A Specialized Search Engine for the Blind (SSEB) was developed with an accessible interface and improved functions (searching assistance functions, user-centered functions, and specialized design for the blind). An experiment was conducted with twelve participants, both blind and sighted, to verify the effects of SSEB. The performance was better with the SSEB than with the Google search engine, and the participants also showed higher satisfactions with the SSEB. Interface considerations for designing an accessible Web site for blind users are important. The users of SSEB could in the future be expanded to include most, if not all, visually impaired people, since the World Wide Web and all Internet resources should ideally be accessible to everyone.
Subject: Psychology\General
Physical Acoustics\General
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