Content Personalisation for Accessibility - A Systems Approach to Accessibility based on Metadata

M. Cooper (UK)


Metadata; disabled people; accessibility; systems, personalisation


In current web based systems various degrees of automated accessibility responses are possible including personalisation of the content they mediate. This requires information (metadata) about the users, the resources and the devices the users are using, to make it possible. There are existing standards for this metadata and others are under development. This paper, based on the work of the EU4ALL project, outlines current approaches towards achieving accessibility through content personalisation; i.e. a systems approach to accessibility. The paper introduces the EU4ALL project and explains its objectives in the area of content personalisation. It gives some accessibility use cases for this approach from the domain of eLearning but the approach is much more widely applicable. It then goes on to outline the technologies and standards that facilitates content personalisation for accessibility. The paper focuses on the metadata and standards aspects of the EU4ALL project’s work which the author leads. The functionality that becomes possible because of the available standards within the associated use cases is outlined. The implications of recent metadata developments are mentioned. Various issues, relating to content personalisation for accessibility, are discussed and some conclusions given.

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