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Universal Remote Console-based next-generation accessible television


This paper presents a new approach to make current and future television universally accessible. The proposed approach provides a means of universal accessibility both for remotely operating the TV set and for interacting with online services delivered through the TV. This proposal is based on the ISO/IEC 24752 “Universal Remote Console” (URC) standard. This standard defines an abstract user interface layer called the “user interface socket” and allows the development of pluggable (plug-in) user interfaces for any type of user and any control device. The proposed approach lays the foundation for the development of advanced user interfaces that can be interacted within various modalities. Different prototypes have been developed based on this approach and tested with end users. The user tests have shown this approach to be a viable option for the proposed scenarios. Based on the experience gathered with the prototypes, recommendations and implementation options are suggested for commercial adoption.

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This work was partially funded by the EU 6th Framework Program under grant FP6-033502 (i2home) and FP6-030600 (VITAL). The opinions herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funding agencies.

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Epelde, G., Carrasco, E., Zimmermann, G. et al. Universal Remote Console-based next-generation accessible television. Univ Access Inf Soc 12, 73–87 (2013).

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