Help us set the research agenda and plan the 2002 Conference on
What: SIG on Universal Usability: Setting the Research Agenda
Where: CHI01, Seattle
When: Thursday, April 5 from 9-10:30 AM
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Email: Sharon Laskowski [log in to unmask]
At the moment, the concept of Universal Usability has many different
interpretations. We hope that this SIG will put some structure on the
concept of what is meant by universal usability and identify its various
sub parts. The focus will be to create a framework that will address the
issues that policy makers will be facing in the near future. For example,
some possible categories that are:
1. Universal access to IT for people with disabilities
2. Access to IT for people who do not have IT training
3. Access to IT for people from diverse cultures and languages
4. Access to IT for people with strong socio-economic incentives to
not have such access
We are corresponding with key people that represent different areas of
importance for the universal usability issue, i.e., a sociologist working
on the digital divide, an individual developing standards for handicapped
accessible web pages or an economist working on IT distribution models.
We plan to break into 4-5 small work sessions to discuss sub issues
after an initial identification of these issues. The work groups will then
re-convene and a spokesperson for each will report on the results of their
The individuals organizing this SIG are the next organizers of the
Conference on Universal Usability (CUU 2002). The input from the SIG will
be used to design the conference's call for participation.
Details on this SIG are attached as a word document.
Marilyn Tremaine [log in to unmask]
Sharon Laskowski [log in to unmask]
Michael D. Levi [log in to unmask]
Emile Morse [log in to unmask]