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User Interfaces for All (Human Factors & Ergonomics)
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Advocating a concept called "universal design" (or "design for all"), this volume calls for an "inclusive and proactive" approach seeking to accommodate diversity in the users and usage contexts of interactive products, applications, and services, starting with the design phase of the development life-cycle. Contributors to the volume's 30 chapters describe various aspects of this approach, including the scientific, technical, technological, socioeconomic, and policy issues involved in the attainment of universal access when developing interactive software. Sections cover introductory matters; dimensions of human-computer interactions (HCI) that are relevant to the principles of universal access; special needs and enabling technologies; design; software technologies and architectural models; and a review of the efforts of a major industrial software vendor to provide accessibility hooks into mainstream technologies.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
HCI has become quite a hot area as human activities are increasingly becoming mediated by computers. This book will have a section on special needs and disability access, an important topic for the aged.
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