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Project work or final exam „Usability test of criteria for acccessible development“

Study to support accessibility tests in software


Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research, Accessibility, Usability, BITV, WCAG, ADA


The research project iDESkmu (in short: inclusive DMS / ECMS and industry software in SMEs; further information on iDESkmu at https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/?page_id=14 and www.projekt-ideskmu.de) is aimed at Maintenance and generation of barrier-free IT jobs.

In the course of the first field studies, it has already been shown that the topic cannot and should not be so easily limited to IT workspaces.

For this reason, we offer thematic project and final theses from the area of ​​”Accessibility”.


Accessible software is one of the prerequisites for accessible IT workplaces. However, it is found that a large part of the available and in use programs are still not accessible. There are various developmental, economic and political reasons for this.

There are various options for testing software for accessibility, for example standardized test catalogs. Apparently, these catalogs are still not being used enough or are being used incorrectly.

Your task is to check the extent to which the most commonly used test catalogs can be used by everyone. To do this, conduct a study on the accessibility of accessibility test catalogs. The use of user-oriented methods is mandatory for the tests, but may be supplemented with other methods.


  • Experience with usability tests or test catalogs for barrier-free sites (e.g. BITV, WCAG etc.) desirable, but not a must
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • (Very) good command of the German language
  • Independent work, commitment and fun working in a team
  • Communicative and ready to work with users
  • Previous experience in qualitative field research and empirical research desirable

Target group

Students of the HCI, business informatics or related courses.


The scope is based on the course and format (thematic project or final theses).


According to the arrangement


Sven Bittenbinder (Dipl.-Wirt.Inform.)
Research assistant „iDESkmu“

Wirtschaftsinformatik/IT für die alternde Gesellschaft
Universität Siegen, Fakultät III
Kohlbettstraße 15
57072 Siegen

Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
Phone: 0271 740-4470
E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de