[Air-l] Cultural issues in Interface design

Ewa Callahan ecallaha at indiana.edu
Tue Apr 29 18:45:14 PDT 2003


Maybe I should have used the word "other". 
I had in mind situations when user has the problem with the interface,
which was designed in other culture/country than s/he is from, with
exception of course when it is developed in language s/he does not

My example - a cyber years ago in gopher aera I did not recognize icon
of Masoct of University of Minessota which was suppose to show the
entry to gopher, since to me the world "gopher" was associated with
the Internet search tool only ( the names of animals were not taught
at Polish ESL classes - so I could not even recognize the animal.) 

> can you clarify what you mean by that?
> which culture(s) do you consider "different"?
> At 06:18 PM 4/29/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >due to the fact that
> >the interface was desinged in different culture
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