Philosophy and Objectives of the Science Access Project

Philosophy and Objectives 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 has concentrated on the most difficult problems of information access. These include access to mathematics and scientific notation and to graphs, tables, charts, diagrams, and general object-oriented graphics. SAP has also pioneered several new paradigms for tactile information display, has developed a new embossing technology that is revolutionizing tactile hard copy access to information, and has developed a number of software applications to improve access to scientific information.

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Last Update: January 18, 2005