The Universal Access Handbook

Constantine Stephanidis

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June 11, 2009 by CRC Press
Handbook - 1034 Pages - 288 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780805862805 - CAT# ER628X
Series: Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Features

  • 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.

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