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Software : Patent Issued for Colorblind Accessibility Test for Corresponding Screen Displays (USPTO 9245494)

02/04/2016 | 03:42pm US/Eastern

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Schoning, Harald (Dieburg, DE), filed on November 6, 2013, was published online on January 26, 2016.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 9245494, is SOFTWARE AG (Darmstadt, DE).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Colorblindness, or the inability or decreased ability to see color, affects a significant percentage of the population. However, among people afflicted with colorblindness, people can be affected to varying degrees and there is no uniform set of colors that can be distinguished by every colorblind individual. As a result, using only color graphics to convey information in a computer application, such as an operating system, web page, or graphic display, can make this information inaccessible to certain colorblind individuals. Developers of screen displays who might have perfect color sight, however, are often unaware that they have included color coded information that is inaccessible to colorblind individuals. Further, by analyzing a single instance of a single screen display it might not be apparent that color is being used to convey information. The prevalence of this problem is significant enough that the federal government has defined regulations requiring that certain computer systems must be accessible to colorblind people (e.g., Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998)."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The disclosed subject matter can include a method for testing corresponding screen displays for colorblind accessibility. The method can include receiving, at a processor, data corresponding to a plurality of screen displays including information encoded in color. The method can further include identifying first and second corresponding screen displays from the plurality of screen displays using the processor. The method can further include detecting whether any text is different in the first and second corresponding screen displays at a first location using the processor. The method can further include detecting color encoded information that is different in the first and second corresponding screen displays at a second location using the processor. The method can further include determining a proximity of the first and the second locations when there is text that is different in the first and second corresponding screen displays at the first location, and generating a colorblindness accessibility indicator based on whether text that is different was detected and/or the determined proximity using the processor.

"Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can provide one or more of the following capabilities. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can be capable of identifying corresponding screen displays that convey color coded information. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can be capable of identifying whether color coded information found in corresponding screen displays is likely to be accessible or inaccessible to a colorblind individual. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can automatically add text to color coded information to make the information more accessible to a colorblind individual. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can provide an editing unit to allow a user to manually input text in proximity to the color coded information to make the information accessible to a colorblind individual. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can generate a positive indicator if corresponding screen displays are likely to be accessible to colorblind people or a negative indicator if corresponding screen displays are likely to be inaccessible to colorblind people. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can display a positive or negative indicator denoting whether the corresponding screen displays have passed or failed the accessibility test to users who are colorblind.

"These and other capabilities of the disclosed subject matter will be more fully understood after a review of the following figures, detailed description, and claims."

For more information, see this patent: Schoning, Harald. Colorblind Accessibility Test for Corresponding Screen Displays. U.S. Patent Number 9245494, filed November 6, 2013, and published online on January 26, 2016. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9245494.PN.&OS=PN/9245494RS=PN/9245494

Keywords for this news article include: SOFTWARE AG.

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