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Supporting the Web Experience of Young People with Learning Disabilities

  • Harald Weber
  • Cordula Edler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)

Abstract

The paper describes a test setup to survey the needs of young people with learning disabilities with regard to additional functions that could support their use of the web. Via an HTML mock-up, different iconic representations of buttons to invoke these additional functions as well as different placements of the buttons were explored. Results with N=34 indicate that study participants preferred button locations on the right side of web pages and prefer icons with associative symbols and analogy symbols for text sizing functions and low-iconic images, associative symbols and arbitrary symbols for text reading functions.

Keywords

Learning disabilities special educational needs SEN button design button placement 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Weber
    • 1
  • Cordula Edler
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Technologie und Arbeit (ITA)KaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.inbut, Integrative Consulting and SupportZell u.A.Germany

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