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Paper 103_elpub2012:
Text vs visual metaphor in mobile interfaces for novice user interaction

id 103_elpub2012
authors Gatsou, Chrysoula; Anastasios Politis, Dimitrios Zevgolis
year 2012
title Text vs visual metaphor in mobile interfaces for novice user interaction
source ELPUB2012. Social Shaping of Digital Publishing: Exploring the interplay between Culture and Technology, 16th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 14-15 June 2012, Guimarăes, Portugal.
summary This paper explores the effectiveness, efficiency and ease of use of two alternative interface interactions in a mobile tablet application. More specifically, the study employs a navigation task which novice users were required to complete by means of two types of main menu button, one utilizing text and the other utilizing a visual metaphor. Furthermore, little evidence exists on the effect of the use of metaphor on users of various ages and levels of computer experience. Our results show that young users prefer buttons that display a visual metaphor in the form of an icon, in contrast to older participants, who preferred the button that employed text. They also show that the users’ performance is dependent upon age.
keywords Mobile tablet, visual metaphor, interface, interaction design, novice user
series ELPUB:2012
type normal paper
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