Design of user interfaces - a special case.

Sutton, B. & Weideman, M. 2007.

Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sutton, B. & Weideman, M. 2007. Design of user interfaces - a special case. Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa. Online: http://web-visibility.co.za/website-visibility-digital-library-seo/

ABSTRACT
A literature study was undertaken and it was concluded that no digital academic library exists that is easy to use, has no copyright issues and is optimized for academic use. Although interface design has been researched, not much has been found about the design of an interface for a specific group of users, in this case academics. The focus is on user-centric design, to ensure that efficient use can be made of a database of academic documents. Since intricate relationships exist amongst documents, it was deemed necessary to indicate these, and allow users to exploit them to their advantage through the interface. Early results seem to indicate that this design will be successful, and a pilot study has had positive results. Extensive user testing is still to be done. Expected results include the creation of a functional virtual library hosted on a domain name that is easy to remember.
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