International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )
The qibla is the direction that should be faced when a muslim prays. Currently, there are many computer applications have been developed to assist the Muslims in determining accurate direction in non-mobile and mobile based applications. This paper initially addresses the design issues and problems that identified in mobile and non-mobile applications as well as the traditional method in finding qibla direction. Although mobile applications and compass provides a convenient and practical guidance to the users in finding qibla direction, some of them are still require up to certain level of knowledge from user before be able to use them, for instance, the uses of geographical notations and terms which are not convenient for the user with no geographical background. Furthermore, the qibla compass is very sensitive with other electromagnetic force and this result to inaccuracy in locating the qibla direction. Unlike mobile application and compass, the major drawback of non-mobile system is not be able provides a practical guidance to the user in finding qibla direction. Hence, this paper has investigated the potential of intuitive design approaches or intuitive features that could be implemented in designing the computer application for qibla determination. Intuitive features will allow the user to use the applications with less guidance by fulfilling the logical of its functionality and practically usable for the user to interact effectively and unconsciously use their previous knowledge. By implementing intuitive features, it will provides extra guidance for user to locate the qibla, speed-up the qibla determination as well as enhance the mental model design in non-mobile system. This is achieved by recognizing the intuitive subjects/objects in user environment that could enhance the instinct, knowledge, user experience (UX) as well the confidence in finding qibla direction. This approach will therefore reduce the effort how the user knows, perceives, make decisions and construct behaviour in a variety and complex environment especially in non-mobile qibla determination approach.
: Intuitive Design, Qibla Determination, User Experience
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