Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Design for All and eInclusion

Volume 6765 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 420-429

An Investigation into a Personalised and Web2.0-Based Search Engine Interface

  • Tsai-Hsuan TsaiAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Chang Gung University
  • , Hsien-Tsung ChangAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Chang Gung University
  • , Shih-Ting HuangAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Chang Gung University

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This study aims to investigate user behaviours and preferences for the usage of search engine interfaces and to provide a user-centred search engine interface with various functions and services that cater to user needs and personalisation along the Web2.0 trend. A survey was conducted to examine the relationship between user behaviours and interface needs for Web2.0 search engines. Some influential factors in association with user issues and Web2.0 concepts were proposed as design principles for a personalised search engine interface design. Then, a conceptual search engine interface, which matched the theory-driven principles and practical experiences, was developed. It matches the concept of user-orientated services and provides every user with personalised search engine interface that offers mash-up search results and multiple functions. Users are allowed to share search results while using a personalised interface. Through the new concept of search engine interface, the convenience of the search process will include more convenient search procedures that meet personal needs.


search engine interface user behaviours Web 2.0