The I2Web Project develops prototypes in three application domains: Web 2.0, Ubiquitous and Mobile Web and IPTV/WebTV. Our work is based on the latest Web accessibility and mobile Web standards. Our main objectives are to:
- develop user models based upon existing accessibility standards combined with an analysis of user requirements for people with special needs and older people in relation to ubiquitous Web 2.0 applications,
- extend existing device models from the Mobile Web arena, to cope with the needs of other devices. The models will also include assistive technologies and mechanisms to modify themselves according to different user characteristics,
- develop open information models and generic application abstractions, that can deal with information aggregation, Semantic Web and mobile/ubiquitous Web 2.0 systems,
- implement feedback mechanisms of compliance results to be integrated into existing development environments, which will provide to users, developers, managers and commissioners information on accessibility and usability issues of their applications (this information will be integrated into their standard development workflow and will be implemented via Service Oriented Architecture components),
- test, validate and demonstrate the developed frameworks and tools in different industrial software development environments, and
- ensure the impact of the developed frameworks, by feeding the project results into relevant standardisation bodies, from which several of the consortium partners are members.
The target audiences for our developments are developers, managers, Web commissioners and social network contributors (disabled and non-disabled). The vast majority of these user groups lack familiarity with issues arising from users (abilities, preferences, …) and devices. Our aim is to enable them in the development of accessible services.