Description of Practice Report: Automatic Transcription of Tactile Maps
Author';s note: TTME, the software described in this article, is not freeware and is currently being used only for educational and research purposes with regard to the production of tactile maps. In the near future, it will be commercially available. More technical information about TTME is available from the author on request.
Tactile maps are an important means for the education and mobility of people who are visually impaired (that is, are blind or have low vision). Because of the importance of tactile maps, it is essential that they are accessible to people who are visually impaired and correctly interpreted. There has been considerable research on the design of these maps in recent decades, providing answers to most of the questions that have arisen about their intelligibility (for example, the use of symbols) and the implementation of uniform standards to make the maps generally accessible.