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Investigating mobile text entry for older adults

Nicol, Emma and Komninos, Andreas and Dunlop, Mark (2014) Investigating mobile text entry for older adults. In: Workshop on Re-imagining Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults. IGI Global. (In Press)

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Abstract

Text entry remains key to many tasks on touchscreen smartphones and is an important factor in the usability of such devices. The known problems of text entry can be particularly acute for older adults due to physical and cognitive issues associated with ageing. In a study of mobile text entry we employed a variety of participatory design techniques in order to develop novel keyboard layouts to address the requirements of this group of users. We report on the early findings and the methodological implications for further research in this area. Based on our results we argue that making the effort to involve older adults in the design process has benefits that could not otherwise be achieved.