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Dissertation Research on Text-Equivalent Descriptions for the Blind – Can You Help?


From: Broyles, Cristopher
Date: Nov 13, 2013 8:21AM


If you use screen‑reader software, are blind, are at least 18 years of age, and if you have an interest in helping to improve the quality and consistency in text-based descriptions for the blind (such as alt-text/long descriptions), I would very much like to include your opinions in my dissertation study. My study focuses on improving text-based descriptions for the blind. The survey consists of 12 questions and is designed to be completed in less than 15 minutes. It has also been tested to ensure screen‑reader compatibility and keyboard-based navigation.

The survey can be completed anonymously, and you will not receive any follow-up contact from me—or anyone—about the survey or your responses. However, for those who indicate that it is okay to do so via their survey responses, please note that I am planning to conduct follow-up one-on-one interviews (30 to 60 minutes) and a group teleconference about improving text-based descriptions (60 to 90 minutes). If you have an interest in participating in that conference call, please be sure to provide contact information where requested in the survey. Compensation in the amount of $15.00 will be provided in the form of an Amazon gift card (or other like retailer) to those who participate in the individual interview. Due to technical limitations, not everyone can be invited to participate in the group teleconference. For those who do participate in the teleconference, additional compensation of $25.00 will be offered through gift card.

If you have any questions about the survey, its aim and potential use, or my dissertation, please contact me. Your participation is completely voluntary and all information gathered will be used exclusively for my research. This survey has been approved by the TTU Institutional Review Board.

Please feel free to forward this survey link onward to other individuals you think might have an interest in participating.

Here is the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZXHYH3.

Cristopher Broyles, Doctoral Candidate

Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Texas Tech University


Sean Zdenek, PhD
Principal Investigator