Towards an ontology-based approach to develop software systems with adaptive user interface
The new ways of manipulating computers, smartphones and other devices have brought challenges such as the need to ensure a good usability when different user types use the same system. Adaptive user interface (AUI) systems are a possible solution. They change the user interface to better meet the needs of different users. However, developing such systems is not trivial. It is necessary to capture the users' characteristics and preferences and constantly adapt the system accordingly. In this paper, we discuss the use of ontologies to support the development of AUI systems. We argue that by providing structured knowledge about such systems, ontologies help understand how they work and offer a basis to structure them, identify the necessary adaptations and implement mechanisms to make them happen in run-time. We have explored the use of ontologies from an ontology network to develop a social network about academic subjects that automatically adapts its interface according to the low vision and colorblind user's needs and usage characteristics. The first version of an ontology-based process to guide the development of AUI systems raised from this experience.
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