Steinfeld and Maisel have in their development of the definition also designed an implementation tool titled ‘The 8 Goals of Universal Design’. In their development of the concept, the interpretation is emphasised as a process rather than just a solution.
No one has ownership of the concept. It has become a dynamic concept which is understood and interpreted a little differently depending on the geographical, professional, or sectoral framework.
Therefore, it can also be understood and applied as a vision, a principle, a strategic approach, and a concrete design solution.
Over time, the concept has spread and branched out and is now used in many professional and interdisciplinary contexts. Universal design is, both in its intention and in its value-based starting point, closely related to “inclusive design”, “universal design” and “design for all”.
The differences in the four concepts primarily come down to tradition, geographical or professional preferences.