User Preferences UX

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Based on our experience and research, it is clear that no single design will meet the needs of all users. There is an incredible diversity of experience levels, comfort with technology, ability, age, and other factors that influence the design of user interfaces for preference discovery.

To this end, we envision an ecosystem of preference editing user interfaces and tools available to users, each with a particular strength or approach.

Tools

Activity Spaces

Activity Spaces do not directly correspond with tools, but below is a rough mapping of spaces as defined in the GLOSSARY WORKSPACE with the tools from the Description Of Work.

  1. First discovery (is an area for future funding that deals with a users first use of technology)
  2. Explore with an option to store (Exploration Tool being designed and developed within Preferences for Global Access)
    • Dinosaurs an early design
    • Electrons a deliverable for PGA
    • Cats a simplified example
    • <<placeholder for designs of the transition from 2 to 3>>
  3. Choose for the moment (and not store) - (docked panel with settings (PCP as some understand it))
    • see Iteration2 below
    • <<Cats>> a placeholder for a simplified example
    • <<placeholder for the latest of the overall vision post-iteration2>>
  4. Adjust Preferences and Save (PCP to others, or mini-PMT)
    • see Iteration2 below
    • <<Cats>> a placeholder for a simplified example
    • <<a placeholder for Tool 4 w/ no 5>>
    • <<placeholder for the latest of the overall vision post-iteration2>>
  5. Manage stored preferences (PMT to many)
    • see Iteration2 below
    • <<a placeholder for Tool 5 w/ no 4>>

Iteration 2

A description of the Iteration2 description.

  • 3 Choose for the moment (and not store)
    • See Adjusters and Frames below
  • 4 Adjust Preferences and Save (PCP to others, or mini-PMT)
  • 5 Manage stored preferences (PMT to many)

Overview of Tools

Another tool being developed and designed within the US Department of Education funded, Preferences for Global Access project:

  • The Discovery Tool, which is the primary focus of the PGA prototyping effort. The Discovery Tool provides users with a safe means to explore, discover, and experiment with the range of preferences, alternatives, and adaptations available to them.

Discussions about these tools, and about other tools that contain user interfaces for end users, can take place on the public GPII UX mailing list. This mailing list has a public archive.

Working Pages and Important Links

Use Cases

Tool Functions

Installation and setup

Other links

Research

One of the challenges concerning these tools is that (except for developers and designers) users rarely change their settings. See:

Meetings

The design team has regular meetings that are open for anyone to attend.

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