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Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population by Kate Finn, Jeff Johnson

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Chapter 8

Search

Abstract

Describes how the search behavior of today’s older adults differs from that of today’s younger people and how that affects older adults’ use of digital technology. Presents research-based design guidelines to help mitigate the differences, allowing older adults to use digital technology productively and enjoyably.

Keywords

Digital technology; Guidelines; Older adults; Online; Search; Search box; Search field; Search results; Search terms; Seniors
 
In Chapter 3: Vision, we explained that visual search—scanning a page for a specified item on a page or screen—usually slows down as people grow older. Older adults generally take longer to spot things than younger adults do.
This chapter concerns another type of search, in which ...

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