ApacheCon Europe 2012

Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, Germany

5–8 November 2012

Cloud4All - automatic personalised access

Steve Lee

Audience level:
Web Infrastructure

Tuesday 3:15 p.m.–4 p.m. in Level 1 Right


Support for aging or disabilities can be complex so Cloud4All is creating infrastructure to automatically apply individual preferences. We demo personalised access and explore related Apache projects.


The intraweb and electronic services are an increasingly essential part of life for all of us in work, education, society and leisure. Well-designed websites and services aim to cater for as many people as possible, yet we all have individual needs in our preferred style of user experience. We also have varying access requirements due to physical environment, e.g. when driving or in noisy conditions. In addition as we age we develop more explicit access requirements that make us part of world's largest 'minority' group, the 650 million-odd people with a disability.

The Cloud4All software project is an ambitious collaboration to develop standards and reference implementations for accessibility infrastructure that will allow software systems to automatically adapt their User Experience to individual user preferences . With partners as diverse as Mozilla, Microsoft, Universities and SMEs Cloud4All has the potential to define an approach to inclusive technology that will have a huge impact on the economics of IT solutions and the way we interact with technology.

In this session we demonstrate the initial prototype systems that clearly show the Cloud4All potential on Windows, Linux, desktop, mobile and web applications. We will also explore how some Apache projects already provide initial support for Cloud4All and discuss how easy it is for your own system to utilise the Cloud4All API.