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Re: Query - Street level maps for JAWS users in UK

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 22:31:53 +0100
Message-ID: <4818E549.5070002@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Scott Plumlee wrote:

> I believe Derek Featherstone (boxofchocolates.ca) gave a presentation
> about making Google maps accessible at AEA Chicago last year 

Just to clarify, as Derek and I somehow happened to work on similar 
things concurrently and exchange notes last year...this presentation was 
about making Google maps *keyboard accessible* to sighted users. Making 
actual graphical maps accessible to blind users is a whole different 
ballgame, and some (including myself) might argue that it's not 
technically feasible - even if you make something like Google maps 
perfectly technically accessible, the interface and data paradigms 
themselves may not be suitable to blind users.

This is one of those situations where a completely separate approach 
targeting the specific needs of users with a particular disability may 
actually be useful. Key would be to get opinions and recommendations 
from actual users on what type of information and service would work 
best for them.

Patrick H. Lauke
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