Usability Enhancement of SMS Interface for Illiterate Users

  • Muhammad Waseem Iqbal Department of Software Engineering, Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords: Usability Enhancement, SMS, Interface, Illiterate, Low Literate

Abstract

This article analyzes several User Interface (UI) designs and puts forward some more general design principles for interfaces designed for low-literate users. The results of this study highlight the importance of text-free interfaces compared to text-based interfaces for the illiterate and low-literate population. The study developed a Short Message Service (SMS) interface consisting of many design elements, including graphical icons, voice, and text reduction. The participants were more satisfied with the designed SMS interface as compared to the traditional text-based interface of SMS. We believe that if the user interface is appropriately designed, users will not need formal literacy, computer skills, or any external help to operate the application. It has been shown that an interface with minimal or no text but one or more graphics, audio, and digital components is helpful for users with low literacy rates.

Published
2021-09-12
Section
Articles