For instance, while the seeing person will generally have an overview of a picture at first glance, the blind reader has to go through most of the details in a picture to understand what it's all about: so adding a good title to a drawing is absolutely essential, as a surrogate for this overview-at-first-glance.
Point out King Darius' heartland
As another example, look at this historical map. There are no names,
but the sighted reader will
most likely recognize the area,
and that will bring to mind other maps and data of the area
that he or she has seen in the past;
but to the blind
reader it's most likely just a blur with some lines and dots.
I think we have to provide the information that's not obvious to the blind, but that's taken for granted by the mapmakers for the sighted.
So I have added a map 'Present-day Countries' in the same outlines, and I have identified some of the surrounding areas in the original map.
I thank my former and present department heads, Mr Leon Knierum and Mr Herman Philipsen, and my former and present immediate superiors, Mrs Nieuwpoort, Mr Van den Assem and Ms Hélène Vos, for putting and keeping me in this position and allowing me time to think and write about the development of the field; and I thank the members of my staff, especially Marlon Macville, Walter Smekens and Leen Verkijk for their examples and instructive mistakes.
One of the ideas on maps I got from from Colin McEvedy's beautiful historical atlases (Penguin); some inkprint graphs etc. were taken from The Economist.
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