Research and Development

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As technology evolves at a tremendous rate, so do the ways people – in particular those with disabilities – use and interact with it. Never has the scope for research and development been so great.

From the outset, BrailleNet has been involved in both national and European Research and Development projects, both as a coordinator and partner. Working alongside research institutes, universities and private partners, BrailleNet develops practical and experimental solutions to improve digital accessibility.

Core R&D topics:

  • Technical and organisational solutions for improving Web accessibility
  • Tools and techniques to improve the creation, editing, distribution and reading of accessible documents, in particular digital books and scientific content
  • The accessibility of application user interfaces, particularly on smartphones and tablets

Current R&D projects

  • OPALINe: Tools for improving the accessibility of digital books
  • COMPARE (2017-2018): An ERASMUS+ funded strategic partnership between BrailleNet and two other organisations specialised in the accessibility of websites and web applications: DIAS (Germany) and Funka (Sweden). COMPARE aims to create an open and free repository of web content with accessibility ratings to assist accessibility evaluators.

Previous R&D projets

  • AcceSciTech (2012-2016): Access to scientific and technical documents for the print-impaired
  • Linx (2013-2016): Lecteur Intelligent et Nomade de texte (intelligent and nomadic text reader
  • Web tools for the pooling of accessible documents (2008-2011)
  • EUAIN (2004-2007): European Accessible Information Network
  • Support EAM (2004-2006): European accessible web conformity label