Interactive maps: how do you make them accessible?

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 4:00pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Thursday November, 17.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Interactive maps are everywhere, and most of them are not accessible. Gian Wild talks about how you make an interactive map accessible to all users.


Online maps are inaccessible to vision impaired people so a textual alternative (long description) must always be provided. It is also important to include accessibility features within the map so it is accessible to people with other disabilities e.g. by making the map keyboard accessible. However map accessibility is not just about people who are blind or low vision, colour contrast is also a problem with maps, as is the use of colour to convey information. Gian Wild talks through the issues and provides examples and instructions on making maps accessible.


  1. Maps need to have a long description (which is not an address)
  2. Maps need to be keyboard accessible
  3. Maps cannot rely on colour alone

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Information Technology

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include: the very first Australian accessible web site; the accessibility compliance of the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; her six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; and her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in June last year. Gian has spoken at conferences in Australia, US, Canada, South America and Europe.