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The Needs and Preferences Working Group

The Needs and Preferences working groups are focused on

  1. developing the standards for user needs & preferences
    • Contributing to the ISO/IEC 24751 and AccessForAll standards
    • Defining the standard format for the GPII REGISTRY of User Needs and Preferences
    • (the architecture working group is responsible for setting up that actual REGISTRY)
  2. developing/maintaining the Common descriptors / items in the User Needs and Preferences REGISTRY
    • for both interfaces and for materials/resources
  3. Developing Ontologies to make it easier to understand and work with the User Needs and Preferences.


The Needs and Preferences' group uses a mail lists, weekly meetings, and wikis to carry out most of its work.

NOTE: Participation in the working group is open to all subject to the standard WORKING GROUP PARTICIPATION CRITERIA. These criteria are easy to meet and designed only to ensure that our work remains open and free and that all feel welcome to participate.

    • GENERAL MAIL LIST = (sign up at )
    • (old archives are currently at a ACCESS4ALL STANDARDS MAIL LIST = but will be moved to the new list later.
  • WIKI:
  • OTHER: Code is often kept in other repositories. These and all other resources used are linked to from this WIKI

Related Discussions

KEY Preferences Group Working Pages

The work in this group is currently broken up into 3 sub groups

  1. User Preferences- Standards, Registry and all gathered data on User Needs and Preferences (interfaces and materials)
  2. Ontologies- All CLOUD4All/GPII work on ontologies and ontological tools
  3. First-Time-Discovery Tools- GPII work on developing tools for new users (never used computers before - or no longer can use computures at all)  - to DISCOVER their needs and preferences.  
  4. Exploration Tools- GPII work on tools that people can use to explore new technologies or features that might help them.  
    • These were also called Discovery Tools by some -- but we are trying to separate tools used by people to explore for themselves from the 'first-time-discovery' tools used to discover what a person would need to get them started.  
  5. Matchmaking - all REAL-TIME Matchmaking work (See Shopping Aid for "pre-sale" matchmaking)

SEE ALSO the new proposed Registry Tools


We have also created several MASTERPAGES that are the central reference points for the most up-to-date and the most core information on specific topics.

  1. Common Vocabulary Registry-(Based on ISO 24751- revised) the REGISTRY of COMMON TERMS used for used in NEEDS, PREFERENCE and PERMISSION SET.
  2. User Needs and Preferences Set: (aka User Pref Profiles)  the format etc for the User  Needs/Preferences & Permissions Sets that reside on the User N/P+P Set server


Tools for User Needs and Preferences

Currently Active Members in the Needs and Preferences Working Group

(this list is quite incomplete - please add you name if you are active )

  • Subgroup codes
    • U = User Preferences
    • O = Ontologies
    • M = Matchmaking

  • Andy Heath
  • Colin Clark [UOM]
  • Erlend Overby
  • Gottfried Zimmermann [UOM]
  • Gregg Vanderheiden [UO]
  • Jutta Treviranus
  • Kasper Galschiot Markus [UOM]
  • Kostas Votis
  • Liddy Nevile
  • Steve Lee
  • Trifon Trifonov
  • Vassilis Koutkias [UO]

People who have Contributed to the Needs and Preferences work

Andrés Iglesias Pérez, Denis Anson, Gerhard Weber, Gianna Tsakou, Jor, Juan M. Fernández, Jutta Croll, Kostas Votis, Maria Gemou, Nick Allott, Peter, Ulrike, Richard Schwerdtfeger, Sverker Abrahamsson