Visualization Accessibility in the Wild: Challenges Faced by Visualization Designers



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Visualization Accessibility in the Wild: Challenges Faced by Visualization Designers
Shakila Cherise S Joyner, Amalia Riegelhuth, Kathleen Garrity, Yea-Seul Kim, Nam Wook Kim

CHI'22: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Session: Vis Right Here, Right Now

Abstract
Data visualizations are now widely used across many disciplines. However, many of them are not easily accessible for visually impaired
people. In this work, we use three-staged mixed methods to understand the current practice of accessible visualization design for
visually impaired people. We analyzed 95 visualizations from various venues to inspect how they are made inaccessible. To understand
the rationale and context behind the design choices, we also conducted surveys with 144 practitioners in the U.S. and follow-up
interviews with ten selected survey participants. Our findings include the difficulties of handling modern complex and interactive
visualizations and the lack of accessibility support from visualization tools in addition to personal and organizational factors making it
challenging to perform accessible design practice.

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