The Universal Access Handbook

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  • Provides a systematic view of methodologies, techniques and tools for the development of universally accessible applications and services
  • Describes diverse and complementary approaches to accessibility and design for all, balancing methodological and practical perspectives
  • Provides an overview of new and emerging interaction techniques and devices to support diversity in user interaction
  • Presents examples, case studies, and best practices of universal access in new and emerging application domains

Summary

In recent years, the field of Universal Access has made significant progress in consolidating theoretical approaches, scientific methods and technologies, as well as in exploring new application domains. Increasingly, professionals in this rapidly maturing area require a comprehensive and multidisciplinary resource that addresses current principles, methods, and tools. Written by leading international authorities from academic, research, and industrial organizations and nonmarket institutions, The Universal Access Handbook covers the unfolding scientific, methodological, technological, and policy issues involved in the process of achieving universal access in the information society.

In a collection of 61 chapters, the book discusses how to systematically apply universal design principles to information technologies. It explains the various dimensions of diversity in the technological platforms and contexts of use, including trends in mobile interaction and ambient intelligence environments. The implications of Universal Access on the development life cycle of interactive applications and services are unfolded, addressing user interface architectures and related components. Novel interaction methods and techniques for Universal Access are analyzed, and a variety of applications in diverse domains are discussed.

The book reflects recent developments, consolidates present knowledge, and points towards new perspectives for the future. A quick glance through the contents demonstrates not only the breadth and depth of coverage but also the caliber of the contributions. An indispensible source of information for interdisciplinary and cross-thematic study, the book provides a baseline for further in-depth studies, as well as an important educational tool in an increasingly globalized research and development environment.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Universal Access
Universal Access and Design for All in the Evolving Information Society, C. Stephanidis
Perspectives on Accessibility: From Assistive Technologies to Universal Access and Design for All, P.L. Emiliani
Accessible and Usable Design of Information and Communication Technologies, G.C. Vanderheiden

Diversity in the User Population
Dimensions of User Diversity, M. Ashok and J.A. Jacko
Motor Impairments and Universal Access, S. Keates
Sensory Impairments, E. Kinzel and J.A. Jacko
Cognitive Disabilities, C. Lewis
Age-Related Diff erences in the Interface Design Process, S. Kurniawan
International and Intercultural User Interfaces, A. Marcus and P.-L.P. Rau

Technologies for Diverse Contexts of Use
Accessing the Web, V.L. Hanson, J.T. Richards, S. Harper, and S. Trewin
Handheld Devices and Mobile Phones, A. Kaikkonen, E. Kaasinen, and P. Ketola
Virtual Reality, D. Hughes, E. Smith, R. Shumaker, and C. Hughes
Biometrics and Universal Access, M.C. Fairhurst
Interface Agents: Potential Benefits and Challenges for Universal Access, E. André and
M. Rehm

Development Lifecycle of User Interfaces
User Requirements Elicitation for Universal Access, M. Antona, S. Ntoa, I. Adami, and C. Stephanidis
Unified Design for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
Designing Universally Accessible Games, D. Grammenos, A. Savidis, and C. Stephanidis
Software Requirements for Inclusive User Interfaces, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
Tools for Inclusive Design, S. Waller and P.J. Clarkson
The Evaluation of Accessibility, Usability, and User Experience, H. Petrie and N. Bevan

User Interface Development: Architectures, Components, and Tools
A Unified Soft ware Architecture for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
A Decision-Making Specifi cation Language for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
Methods and Tools for the Development of Unified Web-Based User Interfaces, C. Doulgeraki, N. Partarakis, A. Mourouzis, and C. Stephanidis
User Modeling: A Universal Access Perspective, R. Adams
Model-Based Tools: A User-Centered Design for All Approach, C. Stary
Markup Languages in Human-Computer Interaction, F. Paternò and C. Santoro
Abstract Interaction Objects in User Interface Programming Languages, A. Savidis

Interaction Techniques and Devices
Screen Readers, C. Asakawa and B. Leporini
Virtual Mouse and Keyboards for Text Entry, G. Evreinov
Speech Input to Support Universal Access, J. Feng and A. Sears
Natural Language and Dialogue Interfaces, K. Jokinen
Auditory Interfaces and Sonification, M.A. Nees and B.N. Walker
Haptic Interaction, G. Jansson and R. Raisamo
Vision-Based Hand Gesture Recognition for Human-Computer Interaction, X. Zabulis, H. Baltzakis, and A. Argyros
Automatic Hierarchical Scanning for Windows Applications, S. Ntoa, A. Savidis, and C. Stephanidis
Eye Tracking, P. Majaranta, R. Bates, and M. Donegan
Brain-Body Interfaces, P. Gnanayutham and J. George
Sign Language in the Interface: Access for Deaf Signers, M. Huenerfauth and V.L. Hanson
Visible Language for Global Mobile Communication: A Case Study of a Design Project in Progress, A. Marcus
Contributions of “Ambient” Multimodality to Universal Access, N. Carbonell

Application Domains
Vocal Interfaces in Supporting and Enhancing Accessibility in Digital Libraries, T. Catarci, S. Kimani, Y. Dubinsky, and S. Gabrielli
Theories and Methods for Studying Online Communities for People with Disabilities and Older People, U. Pfeil and P. Zaphiris
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, T. Gross and M. Fetter
Developing Inclusive e-Training, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
Training through Entertainment for Learning Difficulties, A. Savidis, D. Grammenos, and C. Stephanidis
Universal Access to Multimedia Documents, H. Petrie, G. Weber, and T. Völkel
Interpersonal Communication, A. Waller
Universal Access in Public Terminals: Information Kiosks and ATMs, G. Kouroupetroglou
Intelligent Mobility and Transportation for All, E. Bekiaris, M. Panou, E. Gaitanidou, A. Mourouzis, and B. Ringbauer
Electronic Educational Books for Blind Students, D. Grammenos, A. Savidis, Y. Georgalis, T. Bourdenas, and C. Stephanidis
Mathematics and Accessibility: A Survey, E. Pontelli, A.I. Karshmer, and G. Gupta
Cybertherapy, Cyberpsychology, and the Use of Virtual Reality in Mental Health, P. Renaud, S. Bouchard, S. Chartier, and M-P Bonin

Nontechnological Issues
Policy and Legislation as a Framework of Accessibility, E. Kemppainen, J.D. Kemp, and H. Yamada
Standards and Guidelines, G.C. Vanderheiden
eAccessibility Standardization, J. Engelen
Management of Design for All, C. Bühler
Security and Privacy for Universal Access, M.T. Maybury
Best Practice in Design for All, K. Miesenberger

Looking to the Future
Implicit Interaction, A. Ferscha
Ambient Intelligence, N.A. Streitz and G. Privat
Emerging Challenges, C. Stephanidis

 
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