Comparing User and Software Information Structures for Compatibility

  • Thomas Plocher
  • Torkil Clemmensen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4560)


Eastern and Western cultures differ quite systematically in how they group objects, functions and concepts into categories [1,2,3]. This has implications for how navigation features, such as menus, links, directories, should be designed in software applications. This is particularly of interest when the application is developed in one culture for use in a second culture. This paper presents this problem and discusses some approaches to comparing user and software information architectures both visually and quantitatively.


culture cognition information architecture usability visualization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Plocher
    • 1
  • Torkil Clemmensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Honeywell Laboratories, 3660 Technology Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418USA
  2. 2.Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, 2.10, DK - 2000 Frederiksberg C 

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