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Re: Accessibility and geographical maps


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jan 23, 2013 4:29PM

Hi Jason

Glad you've found this discussion useful.
Large data tables can work quite well, provided they are properly
marked up (column and row headers). Offering Excel spreadsheet as an
alternative format often works, as Excel is both very useful and
accessible for all types of data work, and those who would request
downloads of this type of info are probably comfortable using Excel.
At least, if you have the sheets and you can allow users to download
them, it is definitely one way to increase accessibility to your data.
At least I always download all my banking info in the Excel format (I
used Excel as a risk analyst for years, though I must point out both
banks I worked for went under, talk about accessibility issues, lol,
of course I also should point out I left the banks before they went

On 1/23/13, COLLIER, Jason < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Sounds really cool! Not sure I'll convince my bosses to go that far, but
> we'll see :)
> Jason
> Tel: +61 8 9222 3070
> ext 23070
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Robert Jaquiss
> Sent: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:29 AM
> To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessibility and geographical maps
> Hello:
> Providing map data accessibly is a big subject. The closest solution
> there is for this problem comes from ViewPlus Technologies. Their website
> is: www.viewplus.com A Tiger embosser is used to emboss a paper copy of the
> map. A few braille labels can be placed on a braille map. It is possible
> with lots of work to use a touch tablet so users can touch a place on a map
> and hear what they have touched. It is possible for a user to zoom in a map
> by specifying a region, and then have the Tiger print out that region in a
> full page version. This process can iterate several times.
> Another possible solution is available from Touch Graphics. Their web
> site is www.touchgraphics.com. The TouchGraphics system uses vacuum formed
> plastic maps and either a touch tablet or pen to provide the user
> information. The Touch Graphics approach is only useful if many copies of
> the same image will be needed. You may contact me off list for more
> information.
> Regards,
> Robert
> Robert Jaquiss
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of COLLIER, Jason
> Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:08 PM
> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessibility and geographical maps
> Hi,
> Where I work we have lots of geographical maps that contain a lot of data.
> Does anyone know about best practices for providing an alternative format
> for maps?
> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
> Jason Collier
> Website Project Officer. Communications and Marketing Department of Mines
> and Petroleum
> 100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA, 6004
> Postal: 100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA, 6004 Tel +61 8 9222 3070
> www.dmp.wa.gov.au<;http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/>;
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