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Examining Tolerance for Online Delays

By Paula Selvidge1 The World Wide Web (WWW) has become an increasingly important medium for communication, commerce, and entertainment. The WWW user population is estimated to grow to 320 million by the year 2002 (Bouch et al., 2000). The 10th

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Can Expanding Targets Make Object Selection Easier for Older Adults?

By Michael Bohan & Deborah Scarlett Given the proliferation of computers and rapidly aging demographic trends, there is a critical need for user interface designs that accommodate older adults. It is known that many adults in this age group experience

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Menu Design: To Adapt, or Not to Adapt?

By Paula Selvidge Computer software applications are typically designed for a broad range of users and tasks. Flexibility through adaptation has become more popular in the design of user interfaces in order to accommodate specific users and their mental models.

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Designing a Touch Screen Kiosk for Older Adults: A Case Study

By Barbara Chaparro & Laszlo Stumpfhauser1 An independent-living senior center recently approached us with a request to “build a system that could track the fitness activity of their approximately 160 older residents.” The center houses a Fitness Club that offers

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Mouse-Over vs. Point-and-Click: It Depends!

By Barbara Chaparro, Gary Minnaert, & Chad Phipps In our last issue of Usability News, we discussed two selection techniques – mouse-over and point-and-click – and which was better. In studies we conducted with target acquisition tasks (where a user

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