This sketch starts to flesh out some thoughts around a "pre-tool:" A tool that gathers some basic information about the prospective user from a friend or family member.

The goal of the tool is NOT to start creating a set of preferences; It is to gather just enough basic information about the user's capabilities to get past that initial hurdle of not knowing anything about the user's capabilities.

The information gathered will be used to define, control, direct and filter the flow of the First Discovery tool. For example, if the pre-tool establishes that the user does not understand sign language, then the First Discovery tool will not bother to ask the use if they would prefer sign language. Most information given by the friend/family member will be verified by the user.

Assumptions:

 

In the sketch below:

Notes:

 


 

1. Personal Identification

Name

Gender

Preferred language

(include caveats that this information is only for customizing the language in the following screens)

 

2. System Identification (assuming a female user named Maude)

Is Maude going to be working on a particular type of system?

Has Maude ever seen/used this type of system before?

Has Maude ever seen/used other types of computers before?

 

3. Perception

Can Maude see?

If Maude can see: Can she read text?

Can Maude hear?

If Maude can't hear:

 

4. Operation

(perhaps accompany the options with example tasks, but NOT computer-specific tasks, things like "use the buttons on a push-button phone" rather than "type on a keyboard")
(this might want to be check boxes rather than radio buttons, depending on the choices)

Can Maude speak?

(these options could be presented with examples)
(this might want to be check boxes rather than radio buttons, depending on the choices)