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Universal Symbols for Accessible Routes etc. on Maps

From: Stephani L. Roberts <stephani@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 11:15:49 -0400
Message-Id: <p06230911c61e1b6ff8d6@[]>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

We're working on improving MIT's map for accessible routes and I'm 
wondering if anyone knows if there are universal symbols that convey 
the following information:

- power doors
- non-power doors
- elevators
- lifts
- ramps
- curb cuts
- curb without a curb cut
- accessible (handicapped) parking

I've looked at quite a few maps now and have found a wide variety of 
symbols used to convey the same information from on map to another. I 
get the sense that the cartographers and members of facilities are 
creating this symbols based on their process and knowledge. The 
symbols they choose are not all that intuitive and sometimes cause 
more confusion due to similar appearance and color. I'm hoping that 
somewhere out there, a library of universal symbols exists and our 
cartographer can use it as a reference.

Thank you,



Stephani L. Roberts
Web Accessibility Consultant - MIT  IS&T  ATIC Lab
building: n42-240k
phone: 253.0866

cell: 617.852.3100
email: stephani@mit.edu

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Received on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:16:31 UTC

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