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Museum Web Sites' Interface Elements: "Do users understand them?"


TitleMuseum Web Sites' Interface Elements: "Do users understand them?"
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPaolini, P., Bolchini D., & Speroni M.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2006: Proceedings
Conference Start DateMarch 22 - 25
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsinterface, semiotics, usability testing
Abstract

Communication is virtually impossible when interlocutors lack the ability to negotiate meanings. The intended semantics of the language used by a sender should be perceived and mastered by its receiver. Web sites are complex interactive communication systems speaking two languages: the one of the "content" and the one of the "interface". The latter consists of the set of "signs" (i.e. labels, icons, words, etc....) used to provide interaction to users. The paper proposes W-SIDE, a method (based upon ontologies and semiotics) for analyzing the quality of the interface language, and its impact upon users. Case studies (including user testing) are also discussed.

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