RE: FW: VICUG-NYC input needed to build an integrated development environment for the blind

Hi Andreas,
Can you post your dissertation and related papers with download URLs?

Jamal

 
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[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andreas Stefik
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 12:59 PM
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Subject: Re: FW: VICUG-NYC input needed to build an integrated development 
environment for the blind

Peter/Pratik,

Ironically, I just finished my dissertation specifically on designing 
integrated development environments for the blind. I defend in about 2 weeks. I 
have a few papers published, a new one that is very relevant submitted (VLHCC 
2008), and I'd be happy to send you a copy of whatever you might be interested 
in.

My dissertation gives a significant amount of detail about exactly how you can:

1) Run empirical tests to improve the human effectiveness of blind programming 
environments.

2) Empirically measure the comprehension of auditory cues.

3) Build and design an effective blind programming environment.


The basic result of my dissertation is that I was able to show a blind 
programming environment (called the Sonified Omniscient Debugger), that allows 
blind programmers to complete programming tasks "statistically just as quickly" 
as their sighted counterparts under various conditions (Statistically 
non-differentiable from a sighted user using a normal debugger). Specifically, 
I compared my environment to Visual Studio 2005 + JAWS 9, and found that folks 
that were using visual studio debugged programs 98.3% slower than a visual 
environment, whereas in my environment they were 33% slower than in a sighted 
environment, a significant difference and improvement.


Anyway, I'd be happy to talk to you more about it on or off list, or I'd be 
happy to setup a conference call with someone on your research team and tell 
you all about my work, things my work did not do, and where some of the major 
holes in the literature still are.

I hope that helps, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you,

Andreas


On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 4:41 AM, Marlon Brandão de Sousa <splyt.lists@xxxxxxxxx> 
wrote:
> Hello,
>  This discussion was thogowgly made sometime ago, with Andreas. If you  
> could point this guy to the list archives and put him in contact with  
> Andreas I do think his project can go much faster. It would be just a  
> kind of time loss if we start to discuss all this again if it is in  
> the list archives, and this topic was greatly discussed with several  
> of us giving feedback and opinions.
>  Thanks,
>  Marlon
>
>  2008/4/2, Pratik Patel <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx>:
>
>
> > Please respond directly to this gentleman if you're interested in 
> > working
>  > with him.
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  > From: owner-vic-nyc@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:owner-vic-nyc@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On  > Behalf Of Peter  > Sent: 
> Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:22 AM  > To: VIC-NYC@xxxxxxxxxxxx  > 
> Subject: VICUG-NYC input needed to build an integrated development  > 
> environment for the blind  >  >  >  > Hi everyone, we at Auburn 
> University are trying to builds a generic  > integrated development 
> environment for the blind to have a better computer  > programming 
> learning experience. I know some of you here are experienced  > blind 
> programmers. We will greatly appreciate if you could shed some light  
> > to help us better frame our project. The following are our questions:
>  >
>  > 1. Do you know any integrated development environment for the blind  
> > available at this moment?
>  >
>  > 2. What features do the blind need the most when developing 
> programs and are  > missing at this moment?
>  >
>  > 3. Are there features in the current integrated development 
> environment for  > sighted users (e.g., visual studio) not appropriate 
> or useful for the blind  > even with voice prompt?
>  >
>  > We will also need help to evaluate and provide feedback for our 
> integrated  > development environment after we finish the project. If 
> you would like to  > provide your input to my questions or help with 
> the evaluation, please  > either post a reply or email to msun0807@xxxxxxxxxx 
> Many thanks!
>  >
>  > Peter
>  >
>  >
>
>
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