Standards Are Drivers for Accessibility and Usability: Introduction to the Special Thematic Session

  • Jan Engelen
  • Christian Bühler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)


Standardisation of products and services developed with a Design for All or Universal Design perspective in mind has been a recurrent theme at the ICCHP conferences. Since the 2008 edition a special thematic session has been organised, bringing together the different contributions in this field. We will describe briefly the 2010 STS. Furthermore as this year’s theme of the World Standards Day (organised by ISO, ITU and IEC) will be “Accessibility”, some background information on this important issue will be given.


Recurrent Theme International Electrotechnical Commission Ambient Assisted Living Universal Design World Standard 
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  1. 1.
    Guide 6, the European version of ISO Guide 71, covers the knowledge that should be available within standardisation bodies willing to produce standards for accessible products. More details on,
  2. 2.
    The World Standards Day (in fact a whole week in the US) is announced at,
  3. 3.
    Press release of ISO in relation to the World Standards Day 2010 (2010),
  4. 4.
    Updated information on the WSD can be found at the link above or at,

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Engelen
    • 1
  • Christian Bühler
    • 2
  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ESAT-SCDocarchLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Rehabilitation SciencesTechnical University of DortmundDortmundGermany

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