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Chapter 10. From Desktops to Handhelds > Effective Functionality and Task Prefe...

Effective Functionality and Task Preferences

Designers must select from a large number of functions a few priority ones to use with handheld devices. How do we decide which functions to keep? And on what basis do we decide? Device compatibility? Frequency of use? With computer software, and even standard HTML pages, it is crucial to know your users and the tasks that they want to accomplish with that software or Web site.

In user-centric design for the wireless Web, designers can use the old newspaper reporter's “Five W's”: who, what, when, where, and why. Who will be using wireless devices? What kinds of devices will they be using, and what sort of browser or service will they be running? Where will they be using these devices most often? When will they want to access the Web? And finally, why (for what tasks) will they be accessing the wireless Web? For each potential application, these questions must be carefully considered to design context-sensitive, usable wireless Web sites.


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