[Accessforall] Introduction (was Re: Inclusive Technologies through Intelligent Adapation work)

Gottfried Zimmermann (List) zimmermann at accesstechnologiesgroup.com
Fri Mar 16 11:26:58 UTC 2012

Thanks, Matthew,

you are welcome to join.  We are currently discussing to have every member
of this group sign a members agreement, to be able to work completely open
with no IPR attached to the outcomes of this group.  

But we will let you know when this is ready.


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Von: accessforall-bounces at fluidproject.org
[mailto:accessforall-bounces at fluidproject.org] Im Auftrag von Matthew Tylee
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 14. März 2012 18:35
An: Accessforall at fluidproject. org
Cc: Colin Machin; Matthew J Bell; David Sloan
Betreff: [Accessforall] Introduction (was Re: Inclusive Technologies through
Intelligent Adapation work)

Dear AccessForAll,

I'm writing following my listen-in of last night's conference call in order
to introduce myself and Sus-IT [1] more fully.  I was quite constrained
time-wise last night, and I noted there was a lot to get through in the
meeting, hence I thought now would be a better time.  Thanks once again for
the opportunity -- it was an interesting discussion and I hope to get
up-to-speed and contribute in future.

I met Andy Heath, as per his recent post, at a Sus-IT project workshop on
Monday.  Sus-IT is a UK project seeking to sustain the autonomy of older ICT
users (not to get them online, but supporting quality online participation
over time, and reducing the chances of abandonment or disengagement).  I
work in one work package of this project and our goal is to develop
technical means to match people to appropriate "adaptations" --
application/OS settings and Assistive Technologies.  This mapping is largely
based on human capabilities, though the developed reasoning process also
takes the effects of and trade-offs between adaptations into account.  To
get a flavour of what we're doing (which is designed not just for older
people but anyone experiencing minor-to-moderate and possibly conflicting
accessibility barriers), there are links below to a couple of our papers [2]
[3].  In fact David Sloan (whom I think some of you may know in relation to
ISO 24751) met Gregg at W4A 2010 whe
 n that earlier work was presented; things have moved on since then and we
are now in the dissemination phase of the project.

We also have a paper in the W4A 2012 conference that Andy's seen and thinks
that we could perhaps contribute towards the GPII project -- we'd love to do
so once it's been published in mid-April.  It was on this basis that he
suggested we learn more about and get involved in the standardisation

I will be off work for a few weeks now due to a leg operation.  My
colleague, Matthew Bell, whom works on these profiling techniques alongside
Sus-IT, would also like to be involved and may be able to listen in on your
meetings too, if this is OK.

Thanks for your time and we look forward to catching up and contributing in

best regards,


[1] <http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/sus-it.html>
[2] <http://hdl.handle.net/2134/6262> (rationale for adaptations; project
[3] <http://hdl.handle.net/2134/6519> (very high-level technical overview;
not including latest developments along profile lines from W4A paper)
Matthew Tylee Atkinson
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