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RIAM: Reciprocal Interoperability between the Accessible and Mobile Webs

Principal researcher

Name: Dr. Simon Harper

Contact details: School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, 2.44 Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
Tel: +44 161 275 0599; Fax: +44 161 275 6204
Email: simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk 

Website: http://homepages.cs.manchester.ac.uk/~sharper

Project details

Start date: 01/10/2006
End date: 30/09/2009

Description: The aim of RIAM is to investigate ways in which to integrate together research into the Accessible and Mobile World Wide Webs (Web), to develop a common infrastructure, and to validate this infrastructure using existing Web documents and Mobile client simulators. With the launch of the W3C's Mobile Web Initiative, it has become increasingly obvious that access to the Mobile Web suffers from interoperability and usability problems similar to those experienced by disabled people when accessing the existing Web. With the move to small screen size, low connection speeds, and different ways of interacting, all Mobile device users effectively suffer the sensory and cognitive impairments normally only experienced by disabled users. The research we propose will investigate the use of Web documents and parts of those documents in order to ensure device independence and place the Mobile Web in a position to access the entire Web. We assert that if the Web is accessible then it is also Mobile, and will validate our assertions by running a series of repeating experiments, testing the results of these experiments against our objectives, and using the results to refine our models and software tools. Thus RIAM has four major aims: (1) To review current guidelines, best practices, and techniques related to Web page interaction and to the intersection between these guidelines, practices, and techniques. (2) Use the results of this research to design a system allowing the Accessible Web and Mobile Web to interoperate. (3) To devise a framework and strategy to migrate this research into the Mobile Web domain; and (4) To develop an automatable validation methodology (and Key Performance Indicators) to test a Web Document's device independence (ergo its suitability for the Mobile Web) based on research from the Accessible Web.

Other organisations involved in this project

This project is funded by the EPSRC.

Last updated: 19/03/2010