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Interface Design, Web Portals, and Children

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Title: Interface Design, Web Portals, and Children
Author(s): Large, Andrew; Beheshti, Jamshid
Subject(s): Children and digital resources Interface design
Abstract: Children seek information in order to complete school projects on a wide variety of topics, as well as to support their various leisure activities. Such information can be found in print documents, but increasingly young people are turning to the Web to meet their information needs. In order to exploit this resource, however, children must be able to search or browse digital information through the intermediation of an interface. In particular, they must use Webbased portals that in most cases have been designed for adult users. Guidelines for interface design are not hard to fi nd, but typically they also postulate adult rather than juvenile users. The authors discuss their own research work that has focused upon what young people themselves have to say about the design of portal interfaces. They conclude that specifi c interface design guidelines are required for young users rather than simply relying upon general design guidelines, and that in order to formulate such guidelines it is necessary to actively include the young people themselves in this process. (from the article)
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 54 (2) Fall 2005: 318-342.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2005 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-12-13

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