Investigating adaptive asean cultural diversity through users' mental models for user interface design

Aslina Baharum, Azizah Jaafar

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Abstract

Nowadays, the Web has become the main gateway for organisations as well as making information accessible through the World Wide Web. Previous usability studies have focused on the development and user-centered design of websites. The location of objects through the use of a mental model is able to help users to navigate the Web and access information easily. The rationale for developing a mental model through an experimental study is to protect the high investment necessary for Web development through adaptive cultural diversity. The specific environment of a different country can inter-operate in the context of adaptation and needs to account for adaptive support in the context of collaborative activities. This study investigates cultural adaptivity with respect to ASEAN countries by identifying a mental model through the location of Web objects via a website user interface. Almost half of the located Web objects are found to be consistent with previous studies that examined user expectations regarding the location of general websites, e-commerce websites and library websites. There were, however, diversities among the studies involving the location of various Web objects. In this study, another three Web object elements are included, namely, "Language", "Content" and "Calendar". It is of interest to note that the participants from all the geographical locations in the ASEAN countries included in this study had similar expectations for certain Web objects. It is therefore possible that the influence of multinational websites and cross-regional Web browsing has significantly shaped the website layout expectations of typical Web users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-629
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
Volume61
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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User Interface Design
Mental Models
User Model
User interfaces
Websites
World Wide Web
User-centered Design
Calendar
Adaptivity
Gateway
Browsing
Electronic Commerce
Usability
User Interface
Object
Layout
Experimental Study

Keywords

  • Adaptivity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Mental model
  • User Interface
  • Web objects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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