Elderly people face technology usability impediments related to physical, mental, and cognitive impairments, but so do a significant number of users with disABILITIES like dyslexia. So let us attempt to understand what limitations are placed upon a large portion of our world's population and our inclusion of interactive features in web design.
Low level perceptual: Includes edge detection, image segmentation, lightness computation and estimation of three-dimensional structure and a host of eye diseases. Therefore use of interactive features transcends mere stylistic innovation for the proper use of this technology leaves the viewer thinking the information presented is intelligent - almost anticipating what they need. Hence more control over the message trying to be conveyed.
Cognitive and Motor: Is our ability to keep a maximum of 9 chunks of information at any one time. Cognitive analysis has to make clear how decisions were temporarily organized and related to the flow of external events in problem solving. Motor skills are the physical abilities to help in body movement. With this information we can develop a web site design which will help, rather than hinder those with low cognitive and motor skills. .Cynthia Says offers a universal design for learning and an example of an accessible web site design. While you are there, check on "What Cynthia Says."
Interactive features include, but are not limited to a chat room, an online calendar, a threaded message board, data-driven sections, online databases, multi media and they are connected to the brain's three learning systems: Recognition, strategic, and affective. Elements included which accommodate everyone need to be flexible in terms of how learners view or perceive the information (Recognition), how they use or manipulate it (Strategic), and how they engage with the material (Affective).
Opens In New Window (now two active windows are open): While it is generally not advisable to have links open in a new window, there are instances where to do so is advisable. A link for a form, printable pages, and cross references which are offsite are a few examples. We use the icon "newwinicon.gif" shown at the beginning of this paragraph to indicate windows open in new window. Those links which do not have the gif either open onsite or offsite in their own window, so if you wish to return to this website the go back one page on your browser is required.
However if a producers objective is to have a visitor stay on the web site, please remember that content is still king and the queen who reins, is the visitor who seeks information or betterment.
If there is yet any other reason to have pages open in a new window with either the depreciated _blank attribute or the rel attribute, then please provide a title attribute, graphic or some other method to warn your visitors.
This coding is XHTML and WAI compliant for the graphic: <img src="newwinicon.gif" title="Link To The Right Opens In A New Window" alt="Link To The Right Opens In A New Window" width="18" height="16" /></a>.<a target="rel" href="http://**substitute referenced URI**/">
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