System supporting tourism of visually impaired people

Jan Balata Supervisor: Zdeněk Míkovec Master thesis 2011
The theoretical part of this thesis analyses the needs and problems of visually impaired tourists, proposes a software solution of a system designed to support the visually impaired in tourism. It consists of a web application offering hiking tracks and tips for trips, and a mobile phone application helping visually impaired users navigate on the tourist track. The practical part deals with the system implementation, difficulties of the development for the visually impaired and the use of various methods to improve the web application accessibility. Furthermore, the practical part describes the implementation of the application for a mobile phone with a touch screen and deals with its control. The final part includes usability testing of both application prototypes and conclusions arising from it. It also includes recommendations for future works and further development of the tourism promotion system for the visually impaired.