Why are many populations excluded from access to digital information? The most common barriers (and, paradoxically, the easiest to change) are interface and input device design. Inadequate input devices and interface environments effectively prevent the use of multimedia by young children and the growing population of elderly. If not addressed adequately during the design process these shortcomings may actually make access and manipulation of digitized information more difficult for them and everyone else.
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