10. universal design


Interview either (i) a person you know over 65 or (ii) a child you know under 16 about their experience, attitude and expectations of computers. What factors would you take into account if you were designing a website aimed at this person?

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The answer will depend on the data you gather from your chosen "user". What are their knowledge and skills? Have they used computers before and if so in what capacity? How do they feel about technology? Are they positive about the possibilities computers open up or not? What about their cultural background - what symbols and language are they familiar with? What about any disabilities or limitations? What do you consider to be the priorities of the person you have interviewed?

Your answers to these questions should identify the key factors that are important in designing something aimed at this individual.

Other exercises in this chapter

ex.10.1 (tut), ex.10.2 (tut), ex.10.3 (tut), ex.10.4 (tut), ex.10.5 (tut), ex.10.6 (tut), ex.10.7 (tut), ex.10.8 (ans), ex.10.9 (tut), ex.10.10 (tut)

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