Accessibility Analysis of Multilingual Websites for Persons with Visual Impairments

Authors(2) :-V.Balaji, K.S.Kuppusamy

The World Wide Web (WWW) is expanding exponentially. It has evolved into a standard resource to access the required information by people with diverse capabilities, information requirements and language abilities. In the present form, WWW incorporates a large number of human languages. Multilingual Information access involves websites offering content in more than one language. Web accessibility issues are gradually increasing in multilingual domain. Persons with Disabilities (PWD) are still facing accessibility problems while browsing the multilingual websites. Specifically persons experiencing visual impairments face many barriers while navigating and interacting with multilingual content. Our research work concentrates on Websites in which multi-language support has provided. This paper provides insights into the major accessibility challenges faced by visually impaired users while browsing the multilingual web. We have conducted a preliminary study with persons with visual impairments with respect to the problems that they encounter while browsing multilingual web pages. An online questionnaire with 22 questions placed and posted in AccessIndia online forum for persons with visual impairment. Based on respondent’s responses, it has inferred that visually impaired users are facing multiple difficulties such as interaction barriers, navigational barriers while browsing the web. To improve the browsing experience of these users we have put forward some suggestions, which can employed to increase the accessibility level of multilingual websites.

Authors and Affiliations

Department of Computer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India
Department of Computer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India

Multilingual Web, Web Accessibility, AccessIndia, Persons with Visual Impairments.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 5 | September-October 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-10-31
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 239-242
Manuscript Number : CSEIT172556
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

ISSN : 2456-3307

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V.Balaji, K.S.Kuppusamy, "Accessibility Analysis of Multilingual Websites for Persons with Visual Impairments ", International Journal of Scientific Research in Computer Science, Engineering and Information Technology (IJSRCSEIT), ISSN : 2456-3307, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.239-242, September-October-2017.
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