Increasing the ease of navigation.Also consider these navigational features when designing a web site for older adults. (1)
The organization of the web site should be simple and straightforward. Use explicit step-by-step navigation procedures whenever possible to ensure that people understand what follows next. Carefully label links.
Use single mouse clicks to access information.
Use a standard page design and the same symbols and icons throughout. Use the same set of navigation buttons in the same place on each page to move from one web page or section of the web site to another. Label each page in the same location with the name of the web site.
Style and Size of Icons and Buttons
Incorporate text with the icon if possible, and use large buttons that do not require precise mouse movements for activation activation /ac·ti·va·tion/ (ak?ti-va´shun)
1. the act or process of rendering active.
2. the transformation of a proenzyme into an active enzyme by the action of a kinase or another enzyme.
Use pull down menus sparingly spar·ing
1. Given to or marked by prudence and restraint in the use of material resources.
2. Deficient or limited in quantity, fullness, or extent.
3. Forbearing; lenient. .
Scrolling (chat, games) scrolling - To flood a chat room or Internet game with text or macros in an attempt to annoy the occupants. This can often cause the chat room to be "uninhabitable" due to the "noise" created by the scroller. Compare spam.
Avoid automatically scrolling text. If manual scrolling is required, incorporate specific scrolling icons on each page.
Backward / Forward Navigation
Incorporate buttons such as Previous Page and Next Page to allow the reader to review or move forward.
Provide a site map to show how the site is organized.
Use icons with text as hyperlinks.
Help and Information
Offer a telephone number for those who would prefer to talk to a person or provide an e-mail address See Internet address.
e-mail address - electronic mail address for questions or comments.
(1) Charness, Kelley, Bosinan & Mottrain, 2001; Rogers & Fisk Fisk , James 1834-1872.
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