Prejudices, memories, expectations and confidence influence experienced accessibility on the Web

Aizpurua A., Arrue M., Vigo M.

2015 - Computers in Human Behavior

Artículo en revista

Línea investigación:
Accesibilidad a la Web
Autores (p.o. de firma):
Aizpurua A., Arrue M., Vigo M.
Descripción:

Abstract. Evidence suggests that compliance with accessibility standards does not always guarantee a satisfying user experience on the Web. The literature indicates that addressing the expectations users have about online content and functionalities is crucial to bridge this gap. We examine the role played by subjectiveness, experience and, particularly, expectations on how users experience the accessibility on the Web. To do so, 11 blind participants were enquired through interviews and questionnaires about 12 tasks they completed in four websites. Thematic analysis on the transcriptions reveals that expectations are often built up on previous experiences and preconceived ideas. Particularly, the content which is explicitly labelled as accessible arises the curiosity and creates high expectations about the accessibility of the website. We also find that, in addition to unmet expectations, prejudices on branding issues and the memories evoked by past experiences or emotional bonds does not only affect the way in which users perceive and experience accessibility, but also the overall user experience. Identifying the nature of expectations is key (i) to formalise more exhaustive user testing protocols and (ii) to complement and complete existing accessibility guidelines.

Keywords: Behavioral sciences, Blind users, Screen readers, Web, Web accessibility, User experience

Editorial:
Elsevier
Año publicación:
2015
Página inicio:
152
Página fin:
160
URL fichero:
doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.04.035
Nombre publicación:
Computers in Human Behavior
Volumen:
51
Número:
PART A