Tuesday, September 26, 2006

HCI2006: Designing for Older People - Hints and Tips

Designing websites for older people ...

"The HCI 2006 workshop on "HCI, the Web and the Older Population", run by Joy Goodman of the University of Cambridge, Anna Dickinson of the University of Dundee, and Suzette Keith and Gill Whitney of Middlesex University, is no newcomer to the conference. In its fourth year, it welcomed Roger Coleman of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art, and Rick Crust of Hackney's Silver Surfers to talk and participate in the development of personas, the afternoon's activity.

12 summary points from the workshop follow.

1. Older people are the same as younger poeple. You don't change when you reach a certain age. (There are differences but it's not like older people are in one camp and younger people are in another camp).
2. Older people are not homogeneous. They differ in life experiences, disability, etc.
3. The most important thing is what people want to do with their lives. You can't just throw technology at them - it has to fit in with their needs and requirements.
4. Older people have a right to the same functionality as younger people. They don't necessarily want cut-down versions. But there's an issue of how that functionality is presented - how much is presented at once, terminology, etc."    (Continued via Usability News)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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