Patterns for User Interface Adaptations

Towards Runtime Adaptations for Improving the Usability of Web Forms for Elderly Users
  • Gottfried ZimmermannEmail author
  • Annkristin Stratmann
  • David Reeß
  • Tobias Glaser
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


Websites and web applications that require user input via web forms can be a usability barrier for elderly users if not designed carefully. This issue is even compounded by a broad diversity of needs and preferences as observed in this group of users. In this paper, we report about a current study in which we prototypically implemented and empirically evaluated four exemplary patterns of user interface adaptation. These patterns allow for dynamic substitution and/or augmentation of user interface parts at runtime, with the goal of improving the individual usability for an elderly user in a specific use context. This approach could eventually lead to highly personalized web forms within GPII and URC enabled infrastructures.


User interface adaptation Personalized user interface Web forms Supplemental user interface resources GPII URC 



We thank Dr. Ulrich Schloz for his kind support in facilitating the user tests with seniors from the association “Senioren Online” in Reichenbach, and from the association “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mikroprozessor und Minicomputer” in Stuttgart. We also thank the nursing home “Seniorenzentrum am Rosengarten” in Bondorf for their support and participation in the user tests.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2011) under the grants 289016 (Cloud4all) and 610510 (Prosperity4All). This publication reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gottfried Zimmermann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Annkristin Stratmann
    • 1
  • David Reeß
    • 1
  • Tobias Glaser
    • 1
  1. 1.Responsive User Interface Experience Research GroupStuttgart Media UniversityStuttgartGermany

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