Designing a Dyslexia-Friendly Interaction with News Articles
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This master's thesis presents a research project focused on improving the accessibility of news articles for people with dyslexia. A significant portion of online news content is text-based, which poses challenges for individuals with reading difficulties. While there are existing digital tools for text simplification and summarization, there is a lack of solutions specifically designed for dyslexic readers, and even fewer adapt to languages other than English. The project addresses this gap with the development of a prototype that generates simplified versions of Norwegian news articles. Adopting a user-centered perspective, qualitative research methods and literature research were conducted to provide a basis for the design process. The later developed prototype aims to provide a flexible model that can accommodate the different reading experiences and perspectives of dyslexic people. Its main functionality lies in visual and content-related text modifications. Together with results from corresponding user tests, the high-fidelity prototype provides detailed findings on how news articles can be made more accessible. They offer insights into the requirements and needs of news consumers with dyslexia and explore the potential of automatic text simplification in this context. The results can benefit companies, institutions, and organizations that are seeking to provide accessible news content, eliminating the need for manual simplification of every article. Moreover, the research conducted in this project can support further studies on design and digital accessibility solutions.