Thesis Repository

SIGACCESS promotes the interests of professionals working on research and development of computing and information technology to help persons with disabilities. This repository is provided as a resource for PhD and Masters degree candidates, researchers, scientists, and engineers who are actively pursuing advanced research in hypertext and hypermedia.

The Disability Divide: A Study into the Impact of Computing and Internet-related Technologies on People who are Blind or Vision Impaired

The purpose of this study was to find the reasons behind this digital divide for people with disabilities and provide solutions.

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Socio-Technical Environments Supporting Distributed Cognition for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

MAPS (Memory Aiding Prompting System), aims to provide a simple effective prompting system for individuals with cognitive disabilities with an interface for designing prompting scripts by caregivers

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The Accessibility and Usability of Websites: Relationships between Measures from Users, Experts and Guidelines

Overall, the main outcome from this study shows that the severity ratings provided by the accessibility and usability guidelines are not valid: although researchers and participants agree each other both within and between groups, there is no agreement with the guidelines’ ratings of severity.

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EdgeWrite: A Versatile Design for Text Entry and Control

EdgeWrite was designed to provide accessible text entry on a variety of platforms to people with motor impairments and to able-bodied users of small devices.

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The Effectiveness of the Web Accessibility Audit as a Motivational and Educational Tool in Inclusive Web Design

This thesis describes the development and evaluation of a Web accessibility auditing methodology with the dual aims of accurately identifying accessibility barriers present in a Web site, and presenting the audit findings and recommended actions in a way that informs, educates and engenders an improved understanding of accessibility amongst the audience.

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Multi-Modal Exploration

we focus on the presentation of multi-modal documents through refreshing pin displays.

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Generating American Sign Language Classifier Predicates For English-To-ASL Machine Translation

This project has created an English-to-ASL MT design capable of producing classifier predicates.

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Interactive Sonification of Abstract Data – Framework, Design Space, Evaluation, and User Tool

For people with visual impairments, sound is an important information channel.

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SADIe: Structural Semantics for Accessibility and Device Independence

By using ontologies to capture the semantics of the CSS Stylesheets and XHTML, the implicit information contained within a web page can be reordered and manipulated into an explicit form that better suits the needs of visually impaired users.

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Annotation and Transformation of Web Pages to Improve Mobility for Visually Impaired Users

This research demonstrates that by providing machine processable data, regarding the structural and navigational properties of Web pages, applications can be created to present Web pages in alternative forms and so enhance the travel experience of visually impaired users.

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