Cognitive Web Accessibility: Readability 2008

Published in 2008, these resources are original studies, literature reviews and/or related articles that cite references.

  • Advances in text comprehension: model, process and development
    "To a very large extent, children learn in and out of school from written text. Information Communications Technologies (ICT) offers many possibilities to facilitate learning by confronting children with multimodal texts. In order to be able to implement learning environments that optimally facilitate children's learning, insight is needed into the cognitive processes underlying text comprehension. In this light, the aim of this special issue is to report on new advances in text comprehension research in perspective of educational implications. Starting from recent theoretical frameworks on the cognitive processes underlying text comprehension, the online processing of text will be discussed in adults and in school children."
  • Usable and Accessible Plain Language (Easy-to-Read) Network Service
    "The navigation structure and other structural elements have to facilitate the processes in which plain language users move around and find information in the network service. Existing research data on a suitable visual and structural design of documents which would be best suited for users of plain language have to be integrated with corresponding information on designing documents for cognitively disabled users."
  • Designing for people who do not read easily
    "This workshop will attempt to explore issues in design for people who do not read easily: what do we know, what commonalities can we exploit, and what we need to find out."
  • A corpus analysis of simple account texts and the proposal of simplification strategies
    "In this paper we investigate the main linguistic phenomena that can make texts complex and how they could be simplified. We focus on a corpus analysis of simple account texts available on the web for Brazilian Portuguese (BP). This study illustrates the need for text simplification to facilitate accessibility to information by poor readers and by people with cognitive disabilities."
  • Web Accessibility: Browser Augmentation
    "In this chapter we examine ways of programmatically expanding the functionality of conventional browsers." ... "The focus is on accessibility extensions ...". Mentions talking Web browsers for "... blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled users ...".
  • People with Specific Learning Difficulties: Easy to Read and HCI
    "Off the beaten tracks of technically focused accessibility and usability regulations lies a field of research - almost undiscovered by mainstream accessibility and usability discussions that has the potential to serve people with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as other possible target groups best: How to provide information, tools, services and structures that is readable, understandable and usable for the biggest possible user group."
  • Mencap: A guide to making information clear and easy to read for people with a learning disability
    These guidelines were written to be understandable by people with cognitive disabilities, particularly intellectual disabilities.

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