1st Edition

The Universal Access Handbook

Edited By Constantine Stephanidis Copyright 2009
    1062 Pages 288 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    1162 Pages 288 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In recent years, the field of Universal Access has made significant progress in consolidating theoretical approaches, scientific methods and technologies, as well as in exploring new application domains. Increasingly, professionals in this rapidly maturing area require a comprehensive and multidisciplinary resource that addresses current principles, methods, and tools. Written by leading international authorities from academic, research, and industrial organizations and nonmarket institutions, The Universal Access Handbook covers the unfolding scientific, methodological, technological, and policy issues involved in the process of achieving universal access in the information society.

    In a collection of 61 chapters, the book discusses how to systematically apply universal design principles to information technologies. It explains the various dimensions of diversity in the technological platforms and contexts of use, including trends in mobile interaction and ambient intelligence environments. The implications of Universal Access on the development life cycle of interactive applications and services are unfolded, addressing user interface architectures and related components. Novel interaction methods and techniques for Universal Access are analyzed, and a variety of applications in diverse domains are discussed.

    The book reflects recent developments, consolidates present knowledge, and points towards new perspectives for the future. A quick glance through the contents demonstrates not only the breadth and depth of coverage but also the caliber of the contributions. An indispensible source of information for interdisciplinary and cross-thematic study, the book provides a baseline for further in-depth studies, as well as an important educational tool in an increasingly globalized research and development environment.

    Introduction to Universal Access
    Universal Access and Design for All in the Evolving Information Society, C. Stephanidis
    Perspectives on Accessibility: From Assistive Technologies to Universal Access and Design for All, P.L. Emiliani
    Accessible and Usable Design of Information and Communication Technologies, G.C. Vanderheiden

    Diversity in the User Population
    Dimensions of User Diversity, M. Ashok and J.A. Jacko
    Motor Impairments and Universal Access, S. Keates
    Sensory Impairments, E. Kinzel and J.A. Jacko
    Cognitive Disabilities, C. Lewis
    Age-Related Diff erences in the Interface Design Process, S. Kurniawan
    International and Intercultural User Interfaces, A. Marcus and P.-L.P. Rau

    Technologies for Diverse Contexts of Use
    Accessing the Web, V.L. Hanson, J.T. Richards, S. Harper, and S. Trewin
    Handheld Devices and Mobile Phones, A. Kaikkonen, E. Kaasinen, and P. Ketola
    Virtual Reality, D. Hughes, E. Smith, R. Shumaker, and C. Hughes
    Biometrics and Universal Access, M.C. Fairhurst
    Interface Agents: Potential Benefits and Challenges for Universal Access, E. André and
    M. Rehm

    Development Lifecycle of User Interfaces
    User Requirements Elicitation for Universal Access, M. Antona, S. Ntoa, I. Adami, and C. Stephanidis
    Unified Design for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
    Designing Universally Accessible Games, D. Grammenos, A. Savidis, and C. Stephanidis
    Software Requirements for Inclusive User Interfaces, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
    Tools for Inclusive Design, S. Waller and P.J. Clarkson
    The Evaluation of Accessibility, Usability, and User Experience, H. Petrie and N. Bevan

    User Interface Development: Architectures, Components, and Tools
    A Unified Soft ware Architecture for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
    A Decision-Making Specifi cation Language for User Interface Adaptation, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
    Methods and Tools for the Development of Unified Web-Based User Interfaces, C. Doulgeraki, N. Partarakis, A. Mourouzis, and C. Stephanidis
    User Modeling: A Universal Access Perspective, R. Adams
    Model-Based Tools: A User-Centered Design for All Approach, C. Stary
    Markup Languages in Human-Computer Interaction, F. Paternò and C. Santoro
    Abstract Interaction Objects in User Interface Programming Languages, A. Savidis

    Interaction Techniques and Devices
    Screen Readers, C. Asakawa and B. Leporini
    Virtual Mouse and Keyboards for Text Entry, G. Evreinov
    Speech Input to Support Universal Access, J. Feng and A. Sears
    Natural Language and Dialogue Interfaces, K. Jokinen
    Auditory Interfaces and Sonification, M.A. Nees and B.N. Walker
    Haptic Interaction, G. Jansson and R. Raisamo
    Vision-Based Hand Gesture Recognition for Human-Computer Interaction, X. Zabulis, H. Baltzakis, and A. Argyros
    Automatic Hierarchical Scanning for Windows Applications, S. Ntoa, A. Savidis, and C. Stephanidis
    Eye Tracking, P. Majaranta, R. Bates, and M. Donegan
    Brain-Body Interfaces, P. Gnanayutham and J. George
    Sign Language in the Interface: Access for Deaf Signers, M. Huenerfauth and V.L. Hanson
    Visible Language for Global Mobile Communication: A Case Study of a Design Project in Progress, A. Marcus
    Contributions of “Ambient” Multimodality to Universal Access, N. Carbonell

    Application Domains
    Vocal Interfaces in Supporting and Enhancing Accessibility in Digital Libraries, T. Catarci, S. Kimani, Y. Dubinsky, and S. Gabrielli
    Theories and Methods for Studying Online Communities for People with Disabilities and Older People, U. Pfeil and P. Zaphiris
    Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, T. Gross and M. Fetter
    Developing Inclusive e-Training, A. Savidis and C. Stephanidis
    Training through Entertainment for Learning Difficulties, A. Savidis, D. Grammenos, and C. Stephanidis
    Universal Access to Multimedia Documents, H. Petrie, G. Weber, and T. Völkel
    Interpersonal Communication, A. Waller
    Universal Access in Public Terminals: Information Kiosks and ATMs, G. Kouroupetroglou
    Intelligent Mobility and Transportation for All, E. Bekiaris, M. Panou, E. Gaitanidou, A. Mourouzis, and B. Ringbauer
    Electronic Educational Books for Blind Students, D. Grammenos, A. Savidis, Y. Georgalis, T. Bourdenas, and C. Stephanidis
    Mathematics and Accessibility: A Survey, E. Pontelli, A.I. Karshmer, and G. Gupta
    Cybertherapy, Cyberpsychology, and the Use of Virtual Reality in Mental Health, P. Renaud, S. Bouchard, S. Chartier, and M-P Bonin

    Nontechnological Issues
    Policy and Legislation as a Framework of Accessibility, E. Kemppainen, J.D. Kemp, and H. Yamada
    Standards and Guidelines, G.C. Vanderheiden
    eAccessibility Standardization, J. Engelen
    Management of Design for All, C. Bühler
    Security and Privacy for Universal Access, M.T. Maybury
    Best Practice in Design for All, K. Miesenberger

    Looking to the Future
    Implicit Interaction, A. Ferscha
    Ambient Intelligence, N.A. Streitz and G. Privat
    Emerging Challenges, C. Stephanidis


    Constantine Stephanidis