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Need to design for old people...

From: Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:54:35 +0200
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To: EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

>From Microsoft's report "Welcome to Being Human: Human-Computer Interaction in
the Year 2020" [1]:

"Unlike previous generations, those growing old will be familiar with
using computers and mobile phones. Hence, the need to design computer
applications for old people who have not used email or the Web will no
longer be a major concern"

They will have used the Web and email, but there will be an increasing
tide of new things that they won't have used. So, I think that the
opposite is true. As the rate of technology (or at least application)
advance increases, so will the learning gap. Things are not getting
simpler. This needs to be taken into account, otherwise exclusion will

[1] http://research.microsoft.com/hci2020/default.html

Alan Chuter,
Senior Web Accessibility Consultant, Technosite (www.technosite.es)
Researcher, Inredis Project (www.inredis.es/)
Email: achuter@technosite.es
Alternative email: achuter.technosite@yahoo.com
Blogs: www.blogger.com/profile/09119760634682340619
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