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Breaking Barriers With Assistive Macros

André Rodrigues

The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Student Research Competition (ASSETS-SRC 2015)
Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015


People with disabilities rely on assistive technology (AT) software to interact with their mobile device. The functionality of these AT depends on a set of requirements that are not always fulfilled by application developers. This can result in cumbersome and slow interactions, and often render some content inaccessible. To address these issues we present Assistive Macros, an accessibility service developed to enable users to perform a sequence of commands with a single selection. Macros can be created manually by the user; or automatically by detecting repeated sequences of interactions and suggesting the creation of macros to support these actions. In this paper, we report a preliminary case study with a motor impaired user and his caregivers.

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