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Re: internet usage by people over 60

From: Petra Kubina <pk@textknoten.net>
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:50:14 +0100
Message-ID: <4D6D07A6.3080008@textknoten.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi everyone

> the more you know your visitors and what problems they encounter to
> more you can build better websites.

And the more user agents can be improved - I think it is a big usability
problem that many people do not know the power of their local software
like browser, pdf-reader and of course their operating system.

Petra


Am 01.03.2011 14:36, schrieb Lucica Ibanescu:
>  
> Hi Roger and everyone, I am not an elder (barely over 30, no vision
> problems) and I also enlarge text on webpages (sometimes) or zoom them
> completely - so John, you shouldn't be upset on Roger touching this subject
> - the more you know your visitors and what problems they encounter to more
> you can build better websites. And building them with elders in mind will
> definitely help a lot more - like me or my friends who need to increase text
> too or are bothered by poor usability, contrast or IA. 
>  
> Lucica
> 
> 
>   _____  
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> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
> Of Roger Hudson
> Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:04 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: internet usage by people over 60
> 
> 
> 
> Apologies to anyone who might have been offended by the title of my paper. 
> 
>  
> 
> I am over the age of 60, and I am doing the research with another "oldie"
> who is now retired after working in IT most of his life. We now spend a fair
> bit of time working with other older/senior/mature/elderly people helping
> them use the internet. I most certainly don't assume people over 60 don't
> know how to use ICT, but also, just because we have been using computers and
> the internet for several decades, I don't think we can assume everyone else
> uses these technologies in the same way or even knows how to use them.  For
> example, one of the issues we have been exploring in our more recent
> interviews is the question of whether or not a person knows how to increase
> the size of text on web pages, and most of the respondents don't appear to
> know how to do this. In an earlier post I wrote about how one of the
> interviewees prints out a web page and then enlarges it on a photocopy when
> faced with text on a site which he has to read, but which is too small for
> him. Several other respondents when faced with the same problem have told me
> that they copy and paste the text into a Word document and then enlarge it.
> 
>  
> 
> Roger
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> 
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
> Of John Colby
> Sent: Tuesday, 1 March 2011 8:24 PM
> To: Roger Hudson; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: internet usage by people over 60
> 
>  
> 
> Some of us elderly (born 1950) have been using the web and writing web pages
> since 1993, since the web came into being publicly in the UK, introducing
> web usage into companies where we have worked, and now are in change of web
> teaching for Faculties and Universities and lead on web development.
> 
>  
> 
> I am not alone.
> 
>  
> 
> The title of your paper would encourage me not to read it.
> 
>  
> 
> John
> 
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> 
> John Colby BA PGCE
> 
> Senior Lecturer, Business Skills Enhancement, Department of Accountancy and
> Finance
> 
> Room F100, Feeney Building, Birmingham City University,
> 
> City North Campus, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU
> 
> T: +44 (0) 121 331 6937 M: 07872 559800
> 
> *	Blog http://johncolby.wordpress.com/ 
> 
> *	Tweeting at http://twitter.com/JohnColby and
> http://twitter.com/BCUBusiness 
> 
>  
> 
>   _____  
> 
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org on behalf of Roger Hudson
> Sent: Tue 01/03/2011 09:02
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: internet usage by people over 60
> 
> For those who might be interested I have posted the results of the recent
> online survey about how and why people over the age of sixty use the
> Internet and mobile (cell) phones.
> http://www.dingoaccess.com/accessibility/mature-age-ict-users-online-survey-
> results/ 
> 
>  
> 
> I will be discussing the results of this research in a paper, "Improving Web
> Accessibility for the Elderly", which I am presenting at CSUN 2011 on March
> 16. http://www.csunconference.org/index.cfm?EID=80000300
> <http://www.csunconference.org/index.cfm?EID=80000300&p=380&page=scheduledet
> ail&LCID=4676&ECTID=0> &p=380&page=scheduledetail&LCID=4676&ECTID=0  The
> paper will also outline some of the issues older web users have with font
> size and colour, and canvass various options for how they might be
> addressed.
> 
>  
> 
> Roger Hudson
> 
> Web Usability
> 
> Ph: 02 9568 1535
> 
> Mb: 0405 320 014
> 
> Email:  <mailto:rhudson@usability.com.au> rhudson@usability.com.au
> 
> Web:  <http://www.usability.com.au/> www.usability.com.au 
> 
> Blog: www.dingoaccess.com   
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