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Workshop: Defining the Architecture for Next Generation Inclusive Television


Wednesday 3 June 2009 13:30hrs to 17:00hrs

Hogeheuvelcollege, Faculty of Economics, Naamestraat 69 in Leuven

Room 01.74




Welcome and introduction

Mark Springett & Richard Griffiths


Brief introductions

All participants (5 mins. Each)


Topic 1 (see below)



Coffee Break



Topic 2 (see below)



Topic 3 (see below)



Concluding Comments



End of Workshop



Produce Poster

Volunteers – must be done quickly to allow us to get to the Town Hall for the official reception at 18:00.


Topics for discussion

The objectives of the workshop are intended to be:

        To collate and summarise the issues that inclusive design raises for digital and interactive television.

        To explore new methods for inclusiveness in the design process.

        To further establish a multi-disciplinary community with the aim of influencing research, development and policy relevant to inclusive and accessible DTV.

We have turned each of these statements into a question, and listed some points that may be addressed in answering them. You may agree or disagree with these points and may have additional points to make. Hopefully thinking these through will prime you for the workshop discussion.


Topic 1: With regard to inclusivity, is there something special about TV vis--vis other information and communication technology?

        Maximum diversity in the user population.

        Used in an informal, domestic, ‘relaxation oriented’ setting that may make some adaptation possibilities inappropriate.

        Synchronised multimodal output (audio, video) together with text, challenges sensory disability. Changing the modality of presentation (e.g., visual to ‘audio description’) is technically difficult, or results in significant loss of information.

        Typically supplied with a sub-optimal input device that challenges both sensory and motor disability.

        Largely closed proprietary system environment that makes independent third party initiatives difficult.

        Used by multiple simultaneous ‘viewers’, whose accessibility requirements may conflict.

        Deeply culturally embedded.

        Currently subject to enforced upgrading (digital switchover) that challenges cognitive disability.

        Subject to evolving regulation and legislation that in part pursues an inclusivity agenda.

        Under extreme commercial pressure that may make stakeholders wary of the cost of inclusivity innovations.



Topic 2: Are there particular TV-centric methods for inclusivity in the design process?

        Test panels drawn from disability groups.

        Advocacy in the standards setting process from disability organisations.

        Use of interdisciplinary experts, e.g. occupational therapists.



Topic 3: How might inclusivity issues best be promoted in the digital / interactive television industry?

        Involvement in standards setting bodies?

        Involvement with regulating bodies?

        Involvement with broadcasters?

        Pressure groups and viewers associations?




Richard Griffiths

phone: +44 1273 642477

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