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This Special Interest Group intends to gather knowledge about software accessibility for the widest possible range of capabilities. It will discuss guidelines for accessibility for possible inclusion in the forthcoming ISO standard on ergonomics of Human system interaction - guidelines for software accessibility based on position statements submitted by potential contributors. The authors are requested to be prepared for the discussion by reading the Technical specification from ISO and by reading all the accepted position papers.
We welcome submissions to address the need and provision of guidelines for increased accessibility. By accessibility we refer to the ISO TS 16071 definition of accessibility as:
The usability of a product, service, environment or facility by people with the widest range of capabilities.
This definition implicitly indicates that accessibility is measurable through its relation to usability, which is defined as "the extent to which a product can be used by specified users, to achieve specified goals, with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction, in a specified context of use.
Potential participants should submit a position paper discussing, disseminating or evaluating guidelines for accessibility for people with special potential requirements, providing guidance on design of accessible (work, home, education) software. It should cover issues associated with designing accessible software for the widest range of visual, hearing, motor and cognitive abilities, including people who are elderly and temporarily disabled. The position paper should address software considerations for accessibility that complements general usability design covered by, e.g. ISO 9241, or processes and procedures to increase the potential accessibility of the product, e.g. according to ISO 13407.
The findings could address one or more of the following specific potential requirements:
SIG Contact Persons
Department of HCI,
Center for user-oriented IT-design (CID),
Jan Gulliksen is a associate professor of human-computer interaction at the university of Uppsala in Sweden and a guest researcher of CID (Center for user oriented IT-design) Stockholm, Sweden. Jan has participated in the ISO TC 159/SC4/WG5 work on producing the Technical Specification ISO TS 16071 Ergonomics of human-system interaction - guidance on software accessibility.
Clemens Lutsch is a competence coach of human-computer interaction at Icon Medialab in Munchen, Germany. Clemens has also participated in the ISO TC 159/SC4/WG5 work on producing the Technical Specification ISO TS 16071 Ergonomics of human-system interaction - guidance on software accessibility.
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