Supporting Accessibility in Higher Education Information Systems

  • Arsénio Reis
  • João Barroso
  • Ramiro Gonçalves
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8011)


Higher education institutions (HEI) and students are highly dependent of information systems, implemented as web applications. Students must be able to access this applications, thought accessible web interfaces, in order to perform their academic activities. This paper presents an overview of a typical set of web applications used by students and the main concerns regarding accessibility compliance. The analysis was conducted using the systems at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.


Higher education institutions Accessibility W3C Moodle DSpace 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arsénio Reis
    • 1
  • João Barroso
    • 2
  • Ramiro Gonçalves
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TEC (formerly INESC Porto) and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal

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