Accessible charts using music and haptics
Finance charts quickly render hundreds of data points making it seamless to analyze a stock’s performance. Charts are great for people who can see well. Those who are visually impaired often use screen readers. For them, the readers announce the data points in a table format. Beyond a few data points, it becomes difficult for users to create a mental image of the chart’s trend. The audio charts project started with the goal of making Yahoo Finance charts accessible to users with visual impairment. With audio charts, data points are converted to tones with haptic feedback and are easily available through mobile devices where users can switch between tones and spoken feedback.
About the Speakers
Sukriti Chadha : Sukriti is a engineer turned product manager who focuses on accessibility and building great mobile experiences at Yahoo Finance. She believes that talent is universal, but access to opportunity is not, which is why she works on driving diversity at and outside work. Other interests include recreational aviation, yoga and mentoring women in tech. Sukriti studied Electrical Engineering and Finance at Princeton University.
Yatin Kaushal : Yatin is a New York based Android developer focused on providing the best user experience at Yahoo Finance. He works with Verizon Media’s Accessibility team to collect feedback and aid them in guiding apps to become more accessible. A notable accomplishment was his work on the Songbird Audio charts, adding the ability to scrub the chart and hear tones mapped to the trend of the graph. His other interests include videography and visual effects. Yatin studied Computer Science at New York University.