Understanding design considerations for adaptive user interfaces for accessible pointing with older and younger adults

Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Abdullah Ali, Catherine Hornback, Amy K. Hurst

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Abstract

The Internet has become an important tool for many aspects of modern life. However, some individuals may experience challenges accessing the Internet if they have difficulty accurately controlling a pointing device. These pointing problems can vary in severity and frequency and may be caused by a motor impairment, limited hand dexterity, or fatigue. We believe that adaptive user interfaces (AUIs) offer a unique solution to detect and accommodate an individual's current pointing behavior. While past work has explored the implementation of detecting pointing challenges and designing adaptations, little has been done to understand how this population would like to interact with this software. In this paper, we present the results from participatory design sessions with older and younger adults that highlight their preferences for novel AUIs. We found diverse preferences and attitudes towards how AUIs notify a user of their current performance, and how they should adapt to pointing behavior. We present these diverse opinions as three personas that can be applied to future design of any AUI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationW4A 2015 - 12th Web for All Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333429
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2015
Event12th International Web for All Conference, W4A 2015 - Florence, Italy
Duration: May 18 2015May 20 2015

Publication series

NameW4A 2015 - 12th Web for All Conference

Conference

Conference12th International Web for All Conference, W4A 2015
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period5/18/155/20/15

Keywords

  • Adaptive user interfaces
  • Assistive technology
  • Inclusion
  • Older adults
  • Pointing performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Martin-Hammond, A., Ali, A., Hornback, C., & Hurst, A. K. (2015). Understanding design considerations for adaptive user interfaces for accessible pointing with older and younger adults. In W4A 2015 - 12th Web for All Conference [19] (W4A 2015 - 12th Web for All Conference). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2745555.2746645