Information Provision

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Information Provision

Post  admin on Tue 20 Jul 2010, 8:46 am

Some multimedia systems are aimed at information provision. They are designed to be simple and easy to use, but still provide enough information to be of use to a user. The information technology skills of many users will be low, and so these multimedia systems are simple, and logically structured. Interaction will often be through simple to use hardware, such as through a touch screen. All of the software must also be able to be used and understood by many different categories of people. This means that icons will be large, links will be clearly labelled, and processes and functions carefully explained. This means that these multimedia systems are suitable for the broad variety of people that are likely to use them.
People using these multimedia systems generally want to locate a specific piece of information quickly and easily. The users are unlikely to browse through and see what information the system has to offer. Rather, they already have an idea of what they want to find when they access the system. They generally don’t want too much information, just enough so that they can achieve a specific task or objective (for example, to discover where the toilets are in the shopping centre). In addition, users expect to be able to use the system with little or no understanding of information technology. All of these factors mean that these multimedia systems tend to be simple, straightforward, and practical. They provide simple, easy to understand information that can be accessed easily through a logical, easy to understand navigational structure, and allow the user to obtain the information they require.

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