Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS), University of Colorado at Boulder

Webmaster: Marilyn Hughes Blackmon, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Institute of Cognitive Science. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0594
blackmon@colorado.edu, phone 303-859-5060 (mobile)

Prototype for universally usable website. A univerally usable website is a website designed to have multiple levels of difficulty, making it possible for anyone to easily use the website, regardless of level of general reading knowledge, background knowledge in the specific content domain, or cultural heritage. With repeated visits to the website, a universally usable website makes it easy for anyone to gradually move up the learning ladder to more and more challenging domain-specific content, for example, medical/health knowledge. Universally usable websites The prototype was built by three graduate students in computer science at CU in Spring 2003, Rizwan Ansary, Ram Kailasan, and Naim Al Khatib. They built the prototype for the AutoCWW research program as a course project for a graduate level computer science course in user interface design. View the PowerPoint file as a slide show, preferably on a Windows operating system. If you view the PowerPoint file on a Macintosh computer, all the links are visible but not all of the links work when you click on them. The links in the left upper corner of each page do not work when you click on them. Download Microsoft PowerPoint file (1 MB)

Review of the prototype by Marilyn Hughes Blackmon, comparing its performance to www.KidsHealth.org and to www.windows.UCAR.edu. Download Microsoft Word file (1 MB)

Final report of three graduate students who built the prototype as their course project for a graduate level computer science course in user interface design, Spring 2003. Download Microsoft Word file (4.4 MB)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0137759. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.