LINKS

Designing effective and accessible links will help elderly users to better navigate through the web. Milne (2005) suggests that older people have a difficult time clicking on links they wish to use, and that impaired motor skills are at fault as is the lack of familiarity with properly using a mouse. Milne also points out that users must keep the mouse fairly stable while clicking on the link. Such stability can elude elderly users with Parkinson's disease and other related neurological disorders.

screen shot of the auto channel dot com

Take a look once again at this screen shot from The Auto Channel home page. The area circled in red is actually a navigational bar with links to different car comparisons. The contents in this navigation bar tend to change as new comparison articles become available, but some of the characteristics of these links remain the same. The links are not underlined, nor do they have a hover property which would distinguish on which link the mouse is currently resting. A more recent visit to this site shows more content filling each cell of this navigation bar which increases the size of each link, though it is not clear as to whether this is a permanent change or whether this just reflects the current links being displayed.

Here are some tips for providing more accessible hypertext links.