Universal Access in Health Telematics

A Design Code of Practice

  • Constantine Stephanidis

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3041)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Universal Access in Health Telematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 3-8
    3. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 17-35
  3. Reference Scenarios

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 39-45
    3. Pier Luigi Emiliani, Laura Burzagli
      Pages 46-55
    4. Elizabeth Hofvenschiöld, Frank Heidmann
      Pages 64-68
    5. Salvatore Virtuoso
      Pages 69-76
    6. Michael Pieper, Karl Stroetmann
      Pages 77-87
    7. Georges De Moor, Louis Schilders
      Pages 88-96
  4. Design for All Methods and Their Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 99-114
    3. Anthony Savidis, Margherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 115-140
    4. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 141-155
    5. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 156-174
    6. Pier Luigi Emiliani, Laura Burzagli
      Pages 175-196
    7. Panagiotis Karampelas, Demosthenes Akoumianakis, Constantine Stephanidis
      Pages 197-208

About this book


The Information Society is bringing about radical changes in the way people work and interact with each other and with information. In contrast to previous information processing paradigms, where the vast majority of computer-mediated tasks were business-oriented and executed by office workers using the personal computer in its various forms (i. e. , initially alphanumeric terminals and later on graphical user interfaces), the Information Society signifies a growth not only in the range and scope of the tasks, but also in the way in which they are carried out and experienced. To address the resulting dimensions of diversity, the notion of universal access is critically important. Universal access implies the accessibility and usability of Information Society technologies by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Universal access aims to enable equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in existing and emerging computer-mediated human activities by developing universally accessible and usable products and services, which are capable of accommodating individual user requirements in different contexts of use and independently of location, target machine, or run-time environment. In the context of the emerging Information Society, universal access becomes predominantly an issue of design, pointing to the compelling need for devising systematic and cost-effective approaches to designing systems that accommodate the requirements of the widest possible range of end-users. Recent developments have emphasized the need to consolidate progress by means of establishing a common vocabulary and a code of design practice, which addresses the specific challenges posed by universal access.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Constantine Stephanidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Crete 

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b136257
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-26167-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-31739-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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