An Initial Investigation into Non-visual Code Structure Overviews: Speech, Non-speech and Spearcons

Joe Hutchinson, Oussama Metatla

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Abstract

We investigate a novel, non-visual approach to overviewing object-oriented source code and evaluate the efficiency of different categories of sounds for the purpose of getting an overview of source code structure for a visually-impaired computer programmer. A user-study with ten sighted and three non-sighted participants compared the effectiveness of speech, non-speech and spearcons on measures of accuracy and enjoyment for the task of quickly overviewing a class file. Results showed positive implications for the use of non-speech sounds in identifying programming constructs and for aesthetic value, although the effectiveness of the other sound categories in these measurements are not ruled out. Additionally, various design choices of the application impacted results, which should be of interest to designers of auditory display, accessibility and education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
https://chi2018.acm.org

Conference

Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period21/04/1826/04/18
Internet address

Structured keywords

  • Engineering Education Research Group

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Programming
  • Overview
  • Visualisation
  • Sonification

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