Collaborative Cross Modal Interfaces diagram editor.
The editor allows the user to explore and edit diagrams using different modalities:
- visual: the diagram can be visualized and edited with the mouse, much as in most orthodox diagram editors
- audio: the diagram is can be explored and edited using a sonified tree based view that provides the user with
realtime speech and non-speech audio feedback and the keyboard
- haptics: the diagram can be explored in its spatial layout using an haptic device, such as the Phantom OMNI ® or the Falcon ® devices.
Diagrams can be edited collaboratively by several users running the software on different computers, connected to one another via a TCP/IP network.
User actions can be logged and a network based system for sharing them among users is also provided to support studies over interaction between people with differing access to modalities, such as a sighted and a visual impaired user. This makes the editor, if needed, a tool for researchers on collaborative cross modal interfaces.