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WUAnet (Web Usability and Accessibility Network) is an ISWE initiative started with the aim of providing usability and accessibility solutions to the industry coming from the Web Engineering field. The main research focus is to integrate usability and accessibility into the whole Web development lifecycle. This leads us to identify and understand the user needs and plan for how to integrate those needs into specific Web development processes. An issue of particular importance is when and how the usability and accessibility problems should be fixed. To accomplish these goals, the effectiveness of existing approaches (e.g., review guidelines, evaluation methods, standards, tools) for Web usability and accessibility evaluation will be reviewed and compared. The identification of gaps in the current practices will drive the definition of novel approaches for ensuring usability and accessibility into Web processes. This will contribute to the creation of a body of knowledge about usability and accessibility in Web Engineering. Our ultimate goal is to transfer this knowledge to the Web development industry.


The main objective of the WUAnet is to improve current practices, methods and tools for the evaluation and early-repair of usability and accessibility defects of Web applications.


  • Systematic review of usability/accessibility evaluation methods. The objective is to perform a systematic review on usability and accessibillity evaluation, based on the expertise, experiences, and research works of the activity members. Each of the methods of interest will be analysed in terms of a selected set of relevant attributes.
  • Integration of usability and accessibility into Web development processes. The objective is to define techniques for gathering user needs, integrating usability/accessibility evaluation activities in different phases of Web development, and reparing the identified usability/accessibility defects. One particular issue to be investigated is the integration of usability/accessibility into model-driven Web development processes.
  • Definition of requirements patterns for usability and accessibility. The objective is the formulation of requirements patterns on the field of Web Engineering focusing on usability and accessibility issues. These patterns are expected to drive the requirements elicitation process concerning these two characteristics and also to provide a uniform documentation style.

Work in progress

Discussion (members only)


Conferences and workshops

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Activity leads


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Universidad de Alicante
Politecnico di Milano
Université Catholique de Louvain
Universidad Nacional de la Pampa
Université Paul Sabatier
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Nigel Bevan



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