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Simplified street maps for the eyesight impaired.

October 26 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Design

Hello I am a partially-sighted professional. I often need to use maps for personal and for professional duties. I have found that many paper maps and all web-sites that I have tried which provide road maps are too cluttered with shading, difficult to see fonts, text going in multiple directons, roads obscured by extraneous symbols, etc. How can I find a filter/style sheet or a web-interface or Windows OS product that provides:
* Simple line-drawing without shading
* Font such as arial
* All text going left-right

There are other features I could ask for, to ease navigation, such as ways to vary the level of detail (such as only display major roads, display or hide streets and political boundaries) but they are of secondary importance.
Most appreciatively,
Larry Silvermintz, PhD

Mapping Center Answer:

The International Cartographic Association has a Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People.  There are contacts on the ICA web site who may be able to advise you more specifically.

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