Accessibility of Internet Portals in Ambient Intelligent Scenarios: Re-thinking Their Design and Implementation

  • Evangelos Vlachogiannis
  • Carlos A. Velasco
  • Henrike Gappa
  • Gabriele Nordbrock
  • Jenny S. Darzentas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)


Internet portals are gateways to the World Wide Web, which offer an amalgamation of services, like search engines, online shopping information, email, news, weather reports, stock quotes, community forums, maps, travel information, etc. Furthermore, with the arrival of the Mobile Web, they are also frequently used in Ambient Intelligence scenarios. This paper will discuss basic design considerations inspired by systems theory fundamental principles, where the portal as a whole and its components (known as portlets) are analyzed. This analysis also includes a set of user requirements for people with special needs gathered in previous user studies from the authors.


User Modeling User Agent Ambient Intelligence Accessibility Guideline Internet Portal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evangelos Vlachogiannis
    • 1
  • Carlos A. Velasco
    • 2
  • Henrike Gappa
    • 2
  • Gabriele Nordbrock
    • 2
  • Jenny S. Darzentas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Aegean, Department of Product and Systems Design, Ermoupolis, Syros, GR83200 (Greece) 
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT), Schloss Birlinghoven, D53757 Sankt Augustin (Germany) 

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