Dynamically adapting GUIs to diverse input devices

Scott Carter, Amy Hurst, Jennifer Mankoff, Jack Li
2006 Proceedings of the 8th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility - Assets '06  
Many of today's desktop applications are designed for use with a pointing device and keyboard. Someone with a disability, or in a unique environment, may not be able to use one or both of these devices. We have developed an approach for automatically modifying desktop applications to accommodate a variety of input alternatives as well as a demonstration implementation, the Input Adapter Tool (IAT). Our work is differentiated from past work by our focus on input adaptation (such as adapting a
more » ... nt program to work without a pointing device) rather than output adaptation (such as adapting web pages to work on a cellphone). We present an analysis showing how different common interactive elements and navigation techniques can be adapted to specific input modalities. We also describe IAT, which supports a subset of these adaptations, and illustrate how it adapts different inputs to two applications, a paint program and a form entry program.
doi:10.1145/1168987.1169000 dblp:conf/assets/CarterHML06 fatcat:56r445sdc5enzfarifko3ytmsu