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Re: Country maps best practise and examples.


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Feb 24, 2020 1:53AM

On 24/02/2020 03:02, Murphy, Sean wrote:
> All,
> I am currently on a hunt for an example of a map which works with Keyboard, Low Vision, cognitive and screen readers. The map must be able to zoom into a street, zoom back up to suburb level, be able to show streets of the near-by suburbs, zoom out to state level and then to the country level. I see this working okay for low vision, keyboard only users and possibly for cognitive disabilities if the map is kept simple. The challenge I see is with screen readers. So if people have examples which they have made accessible. Please let us know.
> This is a new area of accessibility for myself. 😊

Particularly for screen reader users, I think it's important to
establish exactly what the purpose of the map is ... what is it trying
to convey exactly (beyond "showing" the map). Is it to determine what
streets (street names/numbers) are in a particular area? List specific
points of interest? If it's just a generic "show all roads" that will be
quite difficult to convey non-visually (other than providing a non-map
alternative that simply lists stuff in text), I would posit.

Patrick H. Lauke

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