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Designing for ease is designing for all: Experiences from a simplified office suite

Panagiotis Destounis (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)
John Garofalakis (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)
George Mavritsakis (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)
Maria Rigou (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)
Spiros Sirmakessis (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)
Giannis Tzimas (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Research Unit 5: Internet and Multimedia Technologies, Patras, Greece)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

Aims to present the work done in the development of a simplified office suite for disabled and focus on the use of technology applied to the area of “designing for all”. The paper presents an overview of the state‐of‐the‐art in the design for all. It provides practical references to techniques used. The main scope of the paper is to explore the developed technology and give details for the adopted mechanisms. It provides information about designing and implementing software applications for disabled and present a case study for mentally disabled. The paper presents a system that can be used by a specific target group. For this reason, it should be used as reference point for this group, although several techniques can be used for other user categories. The paper is a very useful presentation of an actual system that has been designed and implemented to cover the needs of disabled, useful for interaction with designers and researchers in assistive technology, and it fulfils the need for demonstrative technology in the area of designing for all.

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Destounis, P., Garofalakis, J., Mavritsakis, G., Rigou, M., Sirmakessis, S. and Tzimas, G. (2004), "Designing for ease is designing for all: Experiences from a simplified office suite", Information Technology & People, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 286-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593840410554193

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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