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      Factors Impacting Animation in Icons for Visually Impaired Computer Users

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      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 (AD)

      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference

      23-25 August 2005

      Visually impaired, accessibility, graphical user interfaces, animation, icons

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            Abstract

            Icons are commonplace in Graphical User Interfaces. These same components that are intended to make computers easy to use can make technology difficult to access for the visually impaired. Eliminating icons would be unrealistic, but re-examining icons is a starting point in increasing accessibility in GUIs. A project is underway where animation is being added to icons in order to assist visually impaired users who wish to access computing resources. Initially animated icons were not shown to be superior to static icons in terms of the size needed to identify them. This paper will present the analysis of some factors that influenced the results. The extent of the motion in the icons and the visual profile of the participants themselves contributed to the ability to identify animated icons. These insights will assist interface designers in developing more accessible Graphical User Interfaces.

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            Conference
            August 2005
            August 2005
            : 1-8
            Affiliations
            [0001]Rochester Institute of Technology

            Rochester, NY USA
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/AD2005.13
            df753888-fbaf-4e0c-bc8d-e2106b187d93
            © Stephanie Ludi. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005, Dundee, Scotland

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005
            AD
            Dundee, Scotland
            23-25 August 2005
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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