Inclusive Websites for the Elderly: User Friendly Guidelines for Designers and Managers of Websites and Applications

  • Alireza Darvishy
  • Alice Good
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 373)


This research aims to define the most significant criteria for guidance on accessible design. It highlights 9 significant areas of guidance which we consider to be very important for the design of accessible, elderly friendly websites and web-applications. These areas look at specific elements of web design, including: structure; navigation; language; multimedia; links; search as well as others. Each of these areas has defined checkpoints which can be used to test the accessibility of a website. The criteria and checkpoints are presented in the form of a user friendly brochure. This brochure is aimed at two target groups: an instrument for website managers and secondly a checklist for web designers.


Accessibility Elderly Disability Web design 


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    Good, A., Stokes, S.: Elderly, Novice Users and Health Information Web Sites: Issues of Usability and Accessibility. Journal of Healthcare & Information Management 21(1) (2007)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alireza Darvishy
    • 1
  • Alice Good
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EngineeringWinterthurSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of PortsmouthUK

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