Overview of the Science Access Project

Overview of the Science Access Project

The Science Access project is dedicated to development of technologies that promote full accessibility of electronic information by future generations of people with print disabilities. "Print disabilities" include low vision, blindness, and dyslexia.

The guiding philosophy of the SAP group is that information should be created and transmitted in a form that is as display-independent as possible and that the user should have maximum freedom over how that information is to be displayed. This philosophy leads to maximum usability by everybody and is, in the long run, the only way to assure truly equal access.

SAP research is primarily concentrated on accessibility of non-textual information. It can be grouped into three categories:

  1. Development of new or improved paradigms for tactile and audio/visual information display,
  2. Development of new hardware for tactile information display,
  3. Development of software utilizing display-independent information and multi-modal access.

Last Update: June 23, 1998

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