Open source and accessibility: advantages and limitations

Heron, M., Hanson, V. L. and Ricketts, I. (2013) Open source and accessibility: advantages and limitations. Journal of Interaction Science, 1 (1). ISSN 2194-0827.

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In this paper we discuss the open source process as it relates to accessibility software. Open source is a development model that has shown considerable benefits in a number of application areas. However the nature of accessibility tools and the intended users of such software products raise issues that must be addressed by the developer before users encounter the tools in real world contexts. In this paper we discuss the nature of the open source process, how it functions, and the motivations with regards to participation that developers self-report. We then explain the impact of these elements of the open source process as they relate to adaptive accessibility software. We use some specific examples of issues raised from the adoption of open source via a discussion of the ACCESS Framework, an accessibility engine designed to provide cross-platform accessibility support through plug-ins.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open source; Human factors; Accessibility; Usability; Inclusivity; Gamification
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Computing
Depositing User: Michael Heron
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 13:07
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 00:12

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