Human Origins: Accessible Cartography Documentation Library


Patterns for Accessible Mapping

Maps organize information spatially affording users or learners [map readers] powerful methods for associating, querying and analyzing data.

Blind map readers are challenged by maps that are limited to visual structure of:

  • navigation / wayfinding
  • orientation
  • association and organization of interactive feedback

Mapping like online gaming and other interactive experiences is highly structured but relies upon sighted users abilities to resolve a very granular order of visible detail. A straight translation of visual structure into text is confounded by differences between sensory systems. The challenge is to accurately reflect this degree of resolution in auditory and textual systems without overwhelming sensory channels.


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