Universal Access

Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) is an international, interdisciplinary refereed journal that solicits original research contributions addressing the accessibility, usability, and, ultimately, acceptability of Information Society Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and through any media and device. Universal access refers to the conscious and systematic effort to proactively apply principles, methods and tools of universal design order to develop Information Society Technologies that are accessible and usable by all citizens, including the very young and the elderly and people with different types of disabilities, thus avoiding the need for a posteriori adaptations or specialized design. The journal's unique focus is on theoretical, methodological, and empirical research, of both technological and non-technological nature, that addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in the information society.

Key Researchers

  • Europe
    • Constantine Stephanidis (Greece)
    • Alan Newell (UK)
  • USA
    • Gregg Vanderheiden (USA)
    • Neil Scott (USA)


  • Universal Usability (CUU) --> ACM
  • Assistive Technologies (ASSETS) --> ACM
  • User Interfaces for All (UI4ALL) -->


  • International Journal on
    Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) --> Springer
    Constantine Stephanidis (Editor)
    • Editorial Board
      • Editor-in-Chief
        Constantine Stephanidis
        Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas FORTH
        Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
        N. Plasira 100
        Vassilika Vouton
        Heraklion, Crete, GR-70013, Greece
        e-mail: cs@ics.forth.gr
        URL: http://www.ics.forth.gr/stephanidis/index.shtml
    • Contacts to Advisory Board
      • Michael Pieper
        Fraunhofer-FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany
      • Fabio Paternó
        ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy


  • Constantine Stephanidis (2000)
    User Interfaces for All: Concepts, Methods, and Tools
  • International Journal on
    Universal Access in the Information Society (IJUIS) --> Springer


  • Journal-Papers der ersten Stunden lesen
  • Definition herausarbeiten und verstehen
  • Prüfen, ob das zu uns passt
    • vielleicht die Tags als Interaktionsmodalität verstehen und so argumentieren.

  • Context-Awareness
    • Nutzungshistorien
    • Shared Initiative
    • Controlability
    • Adaptivity <-> Adaptability
    • Ambiental/Environment

  • Usability
    • Aufgabenangemessenheit
    • Nachvollziehbarkeit
    • Erlernbarkeit

  • Personalization
    • Fähigkeiten
    • Behinderung


  • User Fit EU Research


  • Accessability
  • ISO Standard 9247
  • Oppermann --> ISO Evaluator --> Evadis (Buch)

Philisophie und Mission

  • 3 Ebenen getrennt voneinander entwickeln --> Betrienssysteme --> Anwendungen --> UI
  • Gewohnheiten der User respektieren
  • GUI nicht modularisiert, enge Verzahnung mit Anwendungen und
    • Proaktives Design
    • Unabhängigkeit der Ebenen OS, App und UI
    • Universalität der darunterliegenden Ebenen fördern

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Topic revision: 07 Apr 2008, MatthiasBetz
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