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Universal Access in the Information Society: Methods, Tools, and Interaction Technologies

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Accessibility and high quality of interaction with products, applications, and services by anyone, anywhere, and at any time are fundamental requirements for universal access in the emerging Information Society. This paper discusses these requirements, and their relation to the concept of automated adaptation of user interfaces. An example application is presented, showing how adaptation can be used to accommodate the requirements of different user categories and contexts of use. This application is then used as a vehicle for discussing a new engineering paradigm appropriate for the development of adaptation-based user interfaces. Finally, the paper investigates issues concerning the interaction technologies required for universal access.

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Published online: 23 May 2001

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Stephanidis, C., Savidis, A. Universal Access in the Information Society: Methods, Tools, and Interaction Technologies. UAIS 1, 40–55 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1007/s102090100008

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  • Key words: Universal Access – Universal Design – User Interface for All – Unified User Interfaces – Adaption – Adaptability – Adaptivity – Non-visual interaction – Switch-based interaction