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E-newspaper Navigation - Designing navigational aids for a new electronic medium

Lindqvist, Mats, Henriksson, Simon, Söderblom, Martin
2006

Conference paper (Refereegranskat)

Abstract:

In this paper we examine the need of navigational aids when designing interfaces for e-newspapers – newspapers presented on a digital paper built on E-Ink technology. By reviewing literature on navigation, and by handling input from both newspaper designers and potential e-newspaper adopters, we have suggested a number of navigational aids for the future e-newspaper. Our suggestions have been tested through a prototype using a modification of the Cooperative Usability Testing model (CUT) on a total of fifteen potential users. The results show that most users prefer a linear organization of the e-newspaper. To render a sense of depth in this flat medium, page-numbering is essential. Several different interaction possibilities will also be needed to ease the navigation and our suggestions include a blend of page-turning and hyper linking, combined with an index to give the user a better overview of the content.

Key words: E-newspaper; Landmarks; Navigation; E-paper; Navigational Aids

Cite: Lindqvist, Mats, Henriksson, Simon & Söderblom, Martin, E-newspaper Navigation - Designing navigational aids for a new electronic medium, Proceedings of the 29th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS'06)., s. 11, 2006http://hh.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:239367/FULLTEXT01.pdf