Journal Article

Personalising web page presentation for older people

S.H. Kurniawan, A. King, D.G. Evans and P.L. Blenkhorn

in Interacting with Computers

Published on behalf of British Computer Society

Volume 18, issue 3, pages 457-477
Published in print May 2006 | ISSN: 0953-5438
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1873-7951 | DOI:
Personalising web page presentation for older people

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This paper looks at different ways of personalising web page presentation to alleviate functional impairments in older people. The paper considers how impairments may be addressed by web design and through various personalisation instruments: accessibility features of standard browsers, proxy servers, assistive technology, application adaptors, and special purpose browsers. A pilot study of five older web users indicated that the most favoured personalisation technique was overriding the CSS (cascading style sheet) with a readily available one using a standard browser. The least favoured one was using assistive technology. In a follow-up study with 16 older web users, performing goal-directed browsing tasks, overriding CSS remains the most favoured. Assistive technology remains the least favoured and the slowest. Based on user comments, one-take-home message for web personalisation instrument developer is that the best instrument for older persons is one that most faithfully preserves the original layout while requiring the least effort.

Keywords: Ageing; Elderly; Gerontology; Web; Assistive technology; Accessibility

Journal Article.  8461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human-Computer Interaction

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