Designing tactile schematics: Improving electronic circuit accessibility

Lauren Race, Chancey Fleet, Joshua A. Miele, Tom Igoe, Amy Hurst

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Abstract

Schematics are a visual language used to describe the relationships between components in an electronic circuit and present accessibility challenges for blind, low vision, and tactile learners. Creating discernible tactile schematics using low-cost microcapsule fusers (which create raised surfaces on paper) is non-trivial as circuit diagrams contain small elements, complex relationships, and must follow industry standards. We conducted iterative design activities with tactile graphic experts, blind and low vision students wanting to learn schematics, graphic designers, and physical computing instructors to create an improved set of tactile schematic symbols and nine guidelines for novices to create readable tactile graphics for schematics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages581-583
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2019
Event21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2019Oct 30 2019

Publication series

NameASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period10/28/1910/30/19

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Schematics
  • Tactile Graphics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Race, L., Fleet, C., Miele, J. A., Igoe, T., & Hurst, A. (2019). Designing tactile schematics: Improving electronic circuit accessibility. In ASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 581-583). (ASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3308561.3354610