USAB 2009 - Human–Computer Interaction for eInclusion
9 - 10 November 2009
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) pervaded many parts of our daily lives. Due to its flexibility (multimedia connected with multimodality) it offers a huge potential for people with disabilities and others with functional limitations to interact with electronic systems and services. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the central place to adapt the interaction to a diverse set of user needs as well as the entry for people with disabilities making use of standard accessibility and usability features or using Assistive Technologies (AT) which enable the interaction with HCI. This opens up doors to a more independent participation in many aspects of our “digital lives”. This potential of “Interfacing the Interface” by enhanced usability and accessibility for people with disabilities can only be exploited if HCI takes accessibility and usability requirements into account. Guidelines, regulations and legislations are in place asking for an according answer from developers, designers, engineers and usability / accessibility experts.