ACCESSIBLE

Disability Impairment Approximation Simulator (DIAS)

The ACCESSIBLE developer/designer-aid module, namely Disability Impairment Approximation Simulator (DIAS), is the one responsible for supporting target users (developers and/or designers) to facilitate the design and development of accessible Java Swing software applications. It approximately simulates the difficulties someone with specific vision, motor, cognitive and hearing impairments face, when interacting with Java Swing Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) as well as Java ME applications. It communicates with the standalone application module or the NetBeans IDE depending on whether the user is using the standalone or the NetBeans plugin version of the developer/designer-aid module. The purpose of ACCESSIBLE simulator is to assist developers and designers to better empathise with those who have reduced capabilities, and to help understand how capability loss affects the ability to interact with software applications and services.

The module has been designed and developed for the following objectives:

  1. a developer-designer aid module for assistance to complete user centered design and accessibility simulation of how a Java Swing application can be viewed for users with impairments
  2. a Self-learning software, which can be obtained as a NetBean IDE plugin and/or as a standalone application, in order to present accessibility drawbacks and visual content problems of Java Swing applications

Available demonstrators:

ITI successfully signed a license agreement with ORACLE (i.e. DIAS software to be included in a future version of NetBeans IDE).

Relevant Papers:

  1. Theofanis Oikonomou, Konstantinos Votis, Dimitrios Tzovaras and Peter Korn, An Open Source Tool for Simulating a Variety of Vision Impairments in Developing Swing Applications, HCI International 2009 (HCII 2009)
  2. Theofanis Oikonomou, Konstantinos Votis, Peter Korn, Dimitrios Tzovaras and Spriridon Likothanasis, A Standalone Vision Impairments Simulator for Java Swing Applications, USAB - Usability & HCI for eInclusion 2010
  3. Theofanis Oikonomou, Konstantinos Votis, Peter Korn and Dimitrios Tzovaras, Simulating vision impairments for Java/Swing developers using the NetBeans IDE, CSUN 25th conference 2010
  4. Theofanis Oikonomou, Konstantinos Votis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, and Peter Korn, An Approximation Simulator for Designing and Developing Accessible Java Swing Applications, Free and Open Source Software for Accessible Mainstream Applications (FOSS-AMA), collocated with ETAPS (European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software) 2010
  5. Theofanis Oikonomou, Konstantinos Votis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, and Peter Korn, Designing and Developing Accessible Java Swing Applications, The 12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), 2011
  6. Theofanis Oikonomou, Dionysia Kontotasiou And Dimitrios Tzovaras, Providing An IDE For Creating, Simulating And Assessing Accessible Applications, 2nd International AEGIS Conference 2011
  7. Konstantinos Votis, Theofanis Oikonomou, Peter Korn, Dimitrios Tzovaras and Spriridon Likothanasis, A Visual Impaired Simulator to achieve Embedded Accessibility Designs, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Intelligent Systems (ICIS) 2011

Web Accessibility Assessment Tool (WaaT)

The Web Accessibility Assessment Tool - WaaT (developed and fundedby EU FP7 ACCESSIBLE project) is responsible for the personalized accessibility verification of Web applications. So, each user will be able to define some input parameters /rules/ constraints regarding the overall assessment process (e.g. evaluate a web page according to a specific WCAG2.0 accessibility technique, or according to a specific disability, and/or personas, etc.). The assessment tool can take as input the URL/local path of the preferable web page (or the preferable html source code) and then it can produce as output the evaluation results of the accessibility assessment process. Also the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 specification is also supported, thus enabling the tool to have access to them and perform the corresponding tests.

Available demonstrators:

Video presentation of the Web Accessibility Assessment Tool (WaaT)

 

Video-presentation of the Web Accessibility Assessment Tool (WaaT) plugin for NetBeans

Relevant Publications:

  1. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "Personalised web accessibility assessment using virtual user models", W3C User Modeling for Accessibility Online Symposium, 15 July 2013
  2. T. Oikonomou, N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "An Accessibility Assessment Framework for Improving Designers Experience in Web Applications", HCI International 2011, 14th International Conference on Human - Computer Interaction, 9 - 14 July 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA
  3. N. Partarakis, C. Doulgeraki, M. Antona, T. Oikonomou, N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, G. E. Kastori, D. Tzovaras, "A Unified Environment for Accessing a Suite of Accessibility Evaluation Facilities", July 2011, HCI International 2011, 14th International Conference on Human - Computer Interaction, 9 - 14 July 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA
  4. T. Oikonomou, N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, G. E. Kastori, N. Partarakis, D. Tzovaras, "WaaT: Personalised Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool", W4A2011 – Microsoft Challenge, Co-Located with the 20th International World Wide Web Conference, March 28-29, 2011, Hyderabad, India.
  5. Rui Lopes, Konstantinos Votis, Luís Carriço, Spiridon Likothanassis and Dimitrios Tzovaras, A Service Oriented Ontological Framework for the Semantic Validation of Web Accessibility, Handbook of Research on Social Dimensions of Semantic Technologies, IGI Global, 2009
  6. Rui Lopes, Konstantinos Votis, Luís Carriço, Spiridon Likothanassis and Dimitrios Tzovaras, Towards the Universal Semantic Assessment of Accessibility, 24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) 2010
  7. Rui Lopes, Konstantinos Votis, Luís Carriço, Dimitrios Tzovaras, and Spiridon Likothanassis, The Semantics of Personalised Web Accessibility Assessment, 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) 2011
  8. Konstantinos Votis, Rui Lopes, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Luís Carriço and Spiridon Likothanassis, A Semantic Accessibility Assessment Environment for Design and Development for the Web, HCI International 2009 (HCII 2009)
  9. Nádia Fernandes, Rui Lopes, Luís Carriço, An Architecture for Multiple Web Accessibility Evaluation Environments, HCII 2011