UI usability for 4 year old (was Re: Call for Papers/Talks/Ideas!)

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 19:01:55 EDT 2008

On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 1:51 AM, K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at gmail.com> wrote:
>  It is tough for young children to use trackpad like a mouse - with a single
>  hand. Using it bi-manually with two index fingers is not only easier but also
>  prepares them for typing on the keyboard later. The child can use one index
>  finger (say right) on the trackpad and the other index finger (say left) to
>  click buttons. Older children can use index fingers for the trackpad and
>  thumbs for the buttons.

Agreed, 2-index-fingers is what I have taught my 4 year old nephew.
Tricky at first, but he got the hang of it quickly. Now he pilots
turtleart (with its tricky drag-snap-and-drop) with confidence.


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