Review image accessibility for screen reader users: A systematic review and a road map

Uran Oh, Hwayeon Joh, Yunjung Lee

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A number of studies have been conducted to improve the accessibility of images using touchscreen devices for screen reader users. In this study, we conducted a systematic review of 33 papers to get a holistic understanding of existing approaches and to suggest a research road map given identified gaps. As a result, we identified types of images, visual information, input device and feedback modalities that were studied for improving image accessibility using touchscreen devices. Findings also revealed that there is little study how the generation of image-related information can be automated. Moreover, we confirmed that the involvement of screen reader users is mostly limited to evaluations, while input from target users during the design process is particularly important for the development of assistive technologies. Then we introduce two of our recent studies on the accessibility of artwork and comics, AccessArt and AccessComics, respectively. Based on the identified key challenges, we suggest a research agenda for improving image accessibility for screen reader users.

Original languageEnglish
Article number953
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2021

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  • Blind
  • Image accessibility
  • Nonvisual feedback
  • Systematic review
  • Touchscreen
  • Visual impairment


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