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Keywordsadaptable user interfaces
human computer interaction
people with different needs
quality of service
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AbstractMultimedia systems capitalize the multisensory nature of humans. However, not all users can use all senses because of impairment. Distance education offers a great potential for people with different needs if the system is carefully designed according to these needs. The DEPEND project is based on a traditional distance education application with large whiteboards (electronic classroom) that is used for teaching at the University of Oslo and other norwegian Universities. DEPEND extents the electronic classroom and pays special attention to the different needs of users. Platform independence, extensibility, and flexibility are key requirements supported by an object-oriented design and implementation framework. User requirements are not only used to tailor user interfaces, they are also considered to optimize storage subsystem and communication subsystem, and to define quality of service (QoS) requirements that have to be supported by the subsystems. Keywords: adaptable user interfaces,...