- features of a user interface 12 ATAR
- user interface (UI) = is the way humans interact or engage with a computing device, handheld, laptop or desktop
- device interface = every computing device has an interface that people use in order to 'work' the device
- interaction with the device could be clicking a mouse, sliding a finger across a screen, talking to or listening to the device
- usability = how easy it is to use
- inclusivity = a sense of belonging, can participate. Include community, culture as well as
- accessibility = "To allow people with and without disabilities to benefit from the same services" source
- UI includes input controls; buttons, text input boxes, radio buttons, check boxes, drop down lists
- UI includes navigation controls; breadcrumbs, sliders, search fields
- UI includes information components; tool tips, progress bar, message box
Graphical user interface (GUI) suitable for target audience
- if a target audience is 5 years old, large pics, not much text, bright colours
- if a target audience is 55 years old, small pics, text, normal colours
- match the interface to the users (target audience)
Logical and hierarchical organisation of content
- UI should be well set out, not cluttered, easy to follow, large sites should have a sitemap for hierarchical organisation
- UI should have a flow that is easy to understand. Small sites should have a menu system that is named using common names (logical organisation, eg About Us, Contact Us, Home etc
- Let things go where they are expected to go.
Relevant help features of a graphical user interface
- usability; people will be able to use the website more effectively with the following;
- a search function
- a site map
- language choice,
- cultural sensitivity (images in one culture may not be liked in another culture),
- gender neutral or specific
- font resizeable,
- alternate text for images,
- screen readers (software that vision impaired people buy to be able to 'read' the screen)
- choose colour blind friendly colours (not red and green together)
FOR YOU TO DO
- Name and describe 3 functions on a website that help with usability.
- Name and describe 3 functions on a website that help with inclusivity.
- Name and describe 4 functions on a website that help with accessibility.
- Write a short paragraph explaining the difference between usability, inclusivity and accessibility.
Learn more from PC Magazine, boogdesign (good site), perspectives, W3C,
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