There are quite a number of aspects involved in the creation and use of tactile maps.
First of all there are the various map databases and tools (OSM, Natural Earth and Nominatim) that are used by the RouteTactile map creator. The maps are created with the help of thousands of volunteers who contribute to these open source databases. The system allows the use of a wide variety of parameters to extract and organise all the geographical information.
Second is the userinterface to control the creation of a map.
When using a screen-reader, it becomes especially important to be able to easily and intuitively choose the area of the map, it’s scale, number of map elements, et cetera. This is to avoid having to redo the entire production cycle multiple times.
Third is the way RouteTactile processes the user settings to create the actual map.
Lastly, the way in which you will create the map (MDA, Braille printer, et cetera) will influence the tactile appearance and usability of the map. The size of the sheet of paper, the paper orientation (landscape/portrait) and the mechanical capabilities of the output device should be taken into account when creating the tactile map.
Because of the multitude of aspects involved in the creation of a tactile map, we are very interested in receiving feedback from you, the user, in order to create an intuitive system for all users. As such, we love to hear if you have anything you wish to share. If so, please do so via the feedback form.