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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

An Audio Haptic Tool for Visually Impaired Web Users

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Author Catherine A. Todd, Ammara Rounaq, Umm Kulsum Nur, Fadi Boufarhat
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 1136-1145
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 8
Issue Date August 01, 2012
Publishing Date August 01, 2012
Keywords Web browser, Haptic feedback, Visually Impaired, GUI design


Abstract

An application that functions as a browser has been created for visually impaired Web users. It is distinctive from popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome as it is designed specifically for partially sighted and blind Web users. The custom browser provides the feel of website elements via sense of touch (Haptic feedback), combined with speech synthesis. Force and sound feedback are provided through a virtual reality environment containing representations of 3D Web elements from the accessed website. This paper presents preliminary findings from the browser design and implementation of Haptic and audio Web element representation. Future work aims at creating a complete 3D Web browser with an interactive GUI that supports various features of existing browsers such as History, Favorites, Help and Image data.  

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