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Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries

Volume 2458 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 47-60

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Guidelines for Designing Electronic Books

  • Ruth WilsonAffiliated withDepartment of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde
  • , Monica LandoniAffiliated withDepartment of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde
  • , Forbes GibbAffiliated withDepartment of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde

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Abstract

This paper presents the guidelines emerging from the EBONI (Electronic Books ON-screen Interface) Project’s evaluations of electronic textbooks [1], which describe how e-learning content can be made usable for the UK Higher Education community. The project’s on-screen design guidelines are described, including recommendations as to which features of the paper book metaphor should be retained, and how the electronic medium can best be exploited. Advice on hardware design is also provided. Finally, accessibility issues are examined and practical considerations for the creators of digital educational content are discussed.