Overview

Most graphics used in web pages are very attractive for the eye and useful for a lot of people. However, with the extensive use of pixel graphics such as charts without additional textual description or image maps, users of web pages are encountering an ever increasing amount of barriers. Therefore, the idea came up to develop concepts and techniques to grant accessibility to graphics for a broader community, not excluding people with special needs.

There are many developments to aid people with visual impairments to gain access to graphics on the web but most of these techniques are not universally applicable to other disabilities. It is essential that the future development of web content concentrates on accommodating all kinds of disabilities.

Using ''Scalable Vector Graphics'' (SVG) provides new possibilities as well as new challenges for the accessibility of websites and especially graphics.
Consequently, we started investigating into this topic and finally implemented an application called ''Access2Graphics'' with which SVG graphics can be dynamically generated according to the context conditions and specific user demands.

Due to the fact that this approach gained of great interest in economy and science we are currently working on further developments and issues concerning this topic.

* This work has been partly funded by the Internet Privatstiftung Austria in the scope of NetIdee 2006 (http://www.netidee.at/).