G74 – Provide a cursor showing clearly the selected target. It should be obvious to older adults what can be selected and what cannot.

Standard

Guideline:

Provide a cursor showing clearly the selected target. It should be obvious to older adults what can be selected and what cannot.

Guideline Description:

Older adults tend to lose attention frequently, so in a user interface it is important identifying which element on the screen is being currently selected. Older adults also presenting a reduced  working memory causing difficulty in the tasks that  involving reasoning,  which include the ability to understanding what the user can and cannot do, and the ability to remembering the steps required to complete a task. Because of this, in a user interface should be obvious what can be selected and what cannot by older adults.

Example:

exemplo G74This example uses a yellow highlight to distinguish the selected item in the menu.

Illustration adapted from Design Recommendations for TV User Interfaces for Older Adults: Findings from the eCAALYX Project

Source:

Healthcare TV Based User Interfaces for Older Adults, 2010
Designing touch-based interfaces for the elderly,2010
Touch Screens for the Older User,2011
Design Recommendations for TV User Interfaces for Older Adults: Findings from the eCAALYX Project,2012

Tags:

Affordance , Design, Elderly, Layout,  Selection, Target Design

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