User Interfaces for All: Concepts, Methods, and Tools

User Interfaces for All: Concepts, Methods, and Tools

User Interfaces for All: Concepts, Methods, and Tools

User Interfaces for All: Concepts, Methods, and Tools


User Interfaces for All is the first book dedicated to the issues of Universal Design and Universal Access in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Universal Design (or Design for All) is an inclusive and proactive approach seeking to accommodate diversity in the users and usage contexts of interactive products, applications, and services, starting from the design phase of the development life cycle. The ongoing paradigm shift toward a knowledge-intensive information society is already bringing about radical changes in the way people work and interact with each other and with information. The requirement for Universal Design stems from the growing impact of the fusion of the emerging technologies, and from the different dimensions of diversity, which are intrinsic to the information society. This book unfolds the various aspects of this ongoing evolution from a variety of viewpoints. It's a collection of 30 chapters written by leading international authorities, affiliated with academic, research, and industrial organizations, and non-market institutions. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the field, and includes contributions from a variety of theoretical and applied disciplines and research themes. This book can also be used for teaching purposes in HCI courses at the undergraduate as well as graduate level. Students will be introduced to the human-, organizational-, and technology-oriented dimensions that call for a departure from traditional approaches to user interface development. Students will also get an overview of novel methods, techniques, tools, and frameworks for the design, implementation, and evaluation of user interfaces that are universally accessible and usable by the broadest possible end-user population. This comprehensive book is targeted to a broad readership, including HCI researchers, user interface designers, computer scientists, software engineers, ergonomists and usability engineers, Human Factors researchers and practitioners, organizational psychologists, system/product designers, sociologists, policy- and decision makers, scientists in government, industry and education, as well as assistive technology and rehabilitation experts.


With the rapid introduction of highly sophisticated computers, (tele)communication, service, and manufacturing systems, a major shift has occurred in the way people use technology and work with it. The objective of this book series on Human Factors and Ergonomics is to provide researchers and practitioners a platform where important issues related to these changes can be discussed, and methods and recommendations can be presented for ensuring that emerging technologies provide increased productivity, quality, satisfaction, safety, and health in the new workplace and the Information Society.

The present volume is published at a very opportune time, when the Information Society Technologies are emerging as a dominant force, both in the workplace, and in everyday life activities. In order for these new technologies to be truly effective, they must provide communication modes and interaction modalities across different languages and cultures, and should accommodate the diversity of requirements of the user population at large, including disabled and elderly people, thus making the Information Society universally accessible, to the benefit of mankind. The present volume provides a comprehensive account of the state of the art in User Interfaces for All, as it has been evolving through recent research and development efforts worldwide. Furthermore, it assesses alternative solutions, examines their technological feasibility, practical usability and economic viability, and identifies areas where additional work is needed. The book adopts a multidisciplinary perspective spanning across theory, technology, and policy.

The book consists of thirty chapters written by the world's foremost authorities from industry, academia, research organizations and government from Europe, USA, and Asia. It provides a systematic structured approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of user interfaces in the context of contemporary public research policies, so that the emerging Information Society would be accessible to, and usable by, all individuals irrespective of their abilities, skills, preferences, and educational, cultural, and professional background.

For providing an appropriate platform to achieve these objectives, the editor of the book and the authors of the chapters are to be congratulated.


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