Proceedings: GI + CHI 1987

A user interface for deaf-blind people (preliminary report)

Richard Ladner, Randy Day, Dennis Gentry, Karin Meyer, Scott Rose

Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5 - 9 April 1987, 75-80

DOI 10.1145/29933.30864

  • BibTex

    @inproceedings{Ladner:1987:10.1145/29933.30864,
    author = {Ladner, Richard and Day, Randy and Gentry, Dennis and Meyer, Karin and Rose, Scott},
    title = {A user interface for deaf-blind people (preliminary report)},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface},
    series = {GI + CHI 1987},
    year = {1987},
    issn = {0713-5425},
    isbn = {0-89791-213-6},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {75--80},
    numpages = {6},
    doi = {10.1145/29933.30864},
    acmdoi = {10.1145/29933.30864},
    publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
    address = {New York, NY, USA},
    }

Abstract

A user interface suitable for deaf-blind users is presented and justified. The interface is designed for small paperless Braille displays, large font visual displays, or other low-bandwidth displays. Some of the key properties of the interface are that it uses a hierarchical approach to structure both commands and data, has a small universal command set, and has pervasive editing capability. DBNet, a system employing the user interface, has been built and tested with deaf-blind users. DBNet will provide various communication services to the deaf-blind community including electronic news, mail, and bulletin boards.