Efficiency in Performing Basic Tasks Using Word Processing Programs by the Elderly as a Measure of the Ergonomic Quality of Software

  • Krzysztof Hankiewicz
  • Marcin Butlewski
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8510)


Computers and the opportunities they offer are no longer the domain of the young, and the ability to use a multitude of computer software has become a basic skill both in private and professional life. Therefore, it is no wonder that increasing attention is paid to the design of interfaces adapted well to groups of users with specific needs, like the elderly. Such measures are broadly reflected in scientific works, however, commonly available software is rarely marked by an adequate concern for the needs of seniors. Additionally, the elderly usually gain access and opportunity to work on a computer during old age, being outpaced by their younger, and somewhat more predisposed to computer technology, colleagues. The prevalence of computer needs and growing number of elderly people means that seniors are condemned to using computers. How effectively and enthusiastically they will use them will be largely dependent on the ergonomic quality of the offered software.


elderly design ergonomic evolution software usability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Hankiewicz
    • 1
  • Marcin Butlewski
    • 2
  1. 1.Management and Computing SystemsPoznan University of TechnologyPoland
  2. 2.Ergonomics and Quality ManagementPoznan University of TechnologyPoland

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