Less is more in Web search interfaces for older adults

Anne Aula, Mika Käki

Abstract



We have previously found the elderly users to face several usability problems with the current search engines. Thus, we designed an elderly–friendly search interface, Etsin. To evaluate the success of the design, a usability study was conducted for comparing the usability of Etsin and Google. The participants faced fewer usability problems when using Etsin than Google and they valued the clarity of the Etsin interface. In conclusion, elderly users benefit from a simplified search engine interface that is easy to understand and that takes into account age–related issues.



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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v10i7.1254



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