Research Line 3: Holistic approach to inclusive HCI
Most current User Centred methodologies are not able to cope with the requirements and characteristics of all people. Designers wanting to produce accessible Human-Machine interaction systems need sound methodologies and commercial tools to do it. Since designers are used to advanced design environments, inclusive methodologies must be sound and usable in the context of large-scale software development projects in order to be adopted by the industry. In addition, it is necessary to reduce the complexity of the interface and therefore the effort required for the interaction: many users experience frustration and displeasure when trying to perform a task using computers, just because they require an extra effort due to the cognitive overload imposed by the interface. This frequent situation gets worse for people who experience physical, sensory or cognitive restrictions, because they cannot use alternative sources of information or alternative ways to carry out the task, if these are not provided by the system. Evidently all the advancements in overcoming the cognitive load imposed by the use of computers will not only be beneficial to people with disabilities, but also to other users.
Research Line 3 contains four Research Actions. The image below presents the mapping (position) of the Research Actions in the overall Roadmap.
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- Research Action 3.1 - Promote methodologies that consider not only the interface as it appears but the entire interaction dialogue
- Research Action 3.2 - Promote methodologies to include the human diversity in user interface design
- Research action 3.3 - Reduce the complexity of user interaction whilst retaining functionality
- Research Action 3.4 - Avoid cognitive barriers in the design of Human Machine Interfaces, especially in multimodal interfaces