ACCESS: a technical framework for adaptive accessibility support

Heron, M., Hanson, V. L. and Ricketts, I. (2013) ACCESS: a technical framework for adaptive accessibility support. In: UNSPECIFIED, ed. EICS '13: Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems. New York: ACM. pp. 33-42 ISBN 9781450321389

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In this paper we outline ACCESS -- an open source, cross-platform, plug-in enabled software framework designed to provide a mapping between user needs and system configuration. The framework inverts the responsibility for making system configuration changes so that it lies with the computer rather than the user. In turn, the responsibility for identifying when changes should be made is delegated onto the plug-ins that have been incorporated into the framework. User feedback is solicited by a simple reinforcement mechanic through which individuals can like or dislike adaptations that are made. User interaction adjusts the probabilities that plug-ins will be selected in future, and also allows for plug-ins to adjust their own algorithms in line with user preferences. Results of experimental testing are encouraging, and show strong support for the perceived benefit, tractability and appropriateness of the framework.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessibility; adaptive interfaces; human factors; software framework
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Computing
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Depositing User: Michael Heron
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 15:28
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:11

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