The methodology aims towards an assessment of a website and prescribe a remedial to achieve more usability. This paper studies two affairs of a website - one is usability assessment and other one is remedial guidelines. I have developed a simple excel spreadsheet to demonstrate the methodology that I have developed for this study. In order to prove the concept and the methodology, I have considered a website as a case. The case website has been assessed using my methodology and remedial has been prescribed based on the assessment result. As a part of usability comparison study, I have also considered another website as a best case which is the benchmark for this research.
There are some website still applying the traditional design and the design is not fully respond to the different devices. In that case, responsive web design will give a website a greater look, consistent and tailored according to the different devices while browsing without the need to zoom in and all pages suited the screen size. Towards this, the usability assessment is not being used in responsive web design. Thus, five most commonly principles for usability on responsive web design had been identified in the assessment rubric based on analysis of six different e-commerce websites.
An Institutional Repository is essentially a web application that is capable of capturing, preserving and disseminating the intellectual output of a University or research institution in digital formats. The advent of the Mobile Web has ushered in a new wave of mobile devices - with multi-touch facilities and thus there has been a shift from Web access to Mobile Web access. This has brought about the need to make web applications accessible via mobile devices. This study investigated the usability of the core functionalities of an Institutional Repository on various mobile devices. The work did not try to create a mobile version of the repository but rather test the existing web application on various mobile platforms. To achieve this, the core functionalities of the repository were modelled using Unified Modelling Language (UML). In addition, an Institutional Repository was built and deployed for Covenant University by leveraging on open source repository software – EPrints. Furthermore, the core functionalities of the Institutional Repository were tested on five different mobile devices.
Web site usability is an essential element in a web site; nonetheless, one can find an abundance of web pages with poor usability. This discrepancy is the result of limitations that are currently preventing web developers in the commercial sector from producing usable web sites. This work proposes a framework whose objective is to alleviate this problem by automating certain aspects of the usability evaluation process. Mainstreaming comes as a result of automation, therefore enabling non-expert in the field of usability to conduct the evaluation. This results in a reduction of the costs associated with such an evaluation, whilst overcoming other limitations such as the need to engage usability experts and inconsistent evaluations. Additionally, the framework allows the flexibility of adding, modifying or deleting guidelines without altering the code that references them. A comparison of the evaluation results carried out using the framework against published evaluations of web sites carried out by web site usability experts reveals very encouraging results.
E-commerce has become a widely adopted practice in many organizations for enhancing their businesses. E-commerce has not only become popular in various organizations but it also facilitates the customers by providing them a platform where they can buy products and services with out visiting various shopping malls. This increasing trend make the researcher to find new ways to research and this book comes in one of those researches. The book research work shows the importance and description of various disciplines connected with interface designing of an Ecommerce web site. The major focus of this research work is on writing and providing such Usability guidelines which will not only facilitate the designers for designing their B2C shopping web sites but also facilitating the customers by providing them easy, efficient, reliable and satisfactory interface due to which they can do their transactions more usability then before.
Nowadays, web is gaining importance as a platform which provides different services and applications for facilitating the users. Further what are the significant aspects in developing these applications for student''s perspective? How these services helps to gain maximum resources with less effort as Cloud computing offering to the users e.g. software as a service. Cloud computing means computing in remote locations as Google Apps presents Cloud computing as an idea for future to provide the web based services for the users. There are different types of cloud computing shapes, plate form as services, software as a service, and hardware as a service. Author evaluates the usability of one of cloud based application to find out its usability issues and advantages for users and particularly focused on interactivity, privacy, and reliability issues.
This research study is an investigation of theperception of users of the Usability and Performanceof the translingual features of a Russian financialWeb portal. Three groups of university students inthe U.S. and Russia participated in user surveys andfocus group interviews. Usability was assessedutilizing criteria of Efficiency, Affect,Adaptability, Helpfulness and Control. Quality ofPerformance was evaluated using Retrieval Features,User Effort, and Measures of Effectiveness. Resultswere compared by criteria and by separate factorsbetween the three groups of users. The results werealso tested in terms of how the translingual featureis associated with all the Usability and Qualityscores. A third component includes a phenomenologicalanalysis of prevailing factors of the Lebenswelt ofusers, elicited from focus group interviews andqualitative open-ended questions of the survey.Present research demonstrated that Translated versionis an adequate translingual feature, and the currenttrend of creating Parallel versions on the Web mightsegue into stage when Translated versions willeffectively compete with Parallel ones.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of web supported statistics education environment for graduate level students. The aim was to develop a web support system to ease the graduate students' understanding of statistical concepts. This study also examined the perceptions of the students about web supported instruction. The study used both quantitative and qualitative measurements to analyze the effectiveness of the site and perceptions of the users. The results of the study indicated that there was an improvement in students’ achievement related to educational statistics through web supported instruction. Besides, the perceptions of the students were collected with interview questions about the functions and usability of the system. The highly positive perceptions of the students showed that, it is necessary for the students to have such a course support system. The framework was developed not only support for traditionally offered courses, but also support for lifelong learning processes. The results can be used by the instructors in order to offer the best web support system with minimum effort.
Library websites are devised as an endeavour to provide time and place independent services to the clientele. The level of usability of the website is one of the determining factors that measures the ability of the site to provide effective and efficient services to wide array of users. Thus, evaluating usability of library websites are a vital necessity. This book, therefore, provides the readers about usability evaluation of library websites in the milieu of Sri Lankan higher education sector based upon a research conducted in 2011/2012. The book provides an insightful analysis of usability literature and the methods used to evaluate websites. Furthermore, the book identifies the criteria that can be used to evaluate library websites. The study will therefore especially useful to web designers, usability professionals, librarians and researchers.
Electronic Medical Records should capture structured clinical information to support programs used at the point of clinical care. For that, numerous terminological systems have been developed, providing structure and leading to interoperability. Interface terminologies are regarded the most important and are designed to translate clinicians’ own natural terms into a more structured representation of concepts needed by the applications. An interface terminology, i.e. DICE (Diagnoses for Intensive Care Evaluation), was developed for the Intensive Care to uniform and standardize diagnostic information. We evaluated the usability of this new interface terminology by testing the performance and learn-ability. Literature searches were done to gain information and the results were used to design the usability evaluation study of DICE. A case study was performed by using the Think Aloud method, SUS questionnaire and measuring the Time on Task. The usability evaluation of DICE has provided us with useful information. The research and results are useful for other researchers intending to test the usability of interface terminologies.
The IML Websites are mirror of their collection, services and user-focused gateways to rich, quality content and they play a key role in the learning and research processes. The dynamic library websites and web-based library services will enable the users to be attracting the libraries. Hence, the study undertaken to reflect the need for well organized, dynamically maintained library websites for the study libraries. The most important single aspect of any website is its usability. The website of academic library should reflect users' needs and expectations. The library website content, structure, and design need to reflect with changes in user behaviour, technology, and information resources. Based on the findings, IML Websites in India have not come up to expectations as virtual expressions of the quality level of the academic excellence. There is a lack of information organization in most of the study websites. Hence, it is essential for these libraries to implement internal as well as external and manual and automated periodic evaluation of their websites.
Solve your traffic troubles and turn browsers into buyers When web design expert Ben Hunt set out to quantify the difference between an ordinary web site and a great one, he expected to find the key in design simplicity. But when his team more than doubled the conversion rates for a wide range of sites, they identified simple yet powerful solutions involving design, copy, appropriate analysis, classic optimization techniques, and targeted testing. You'll find the fixes easy to implement, and they're all right here. Understand the essentials – your market, your proposition, and your delivery. Create a site that is seen by the right people, provides a compelling experience, and generates the desired action. Learn how to use testing to improve your site's conversion rate. Discover the holistic nature of web site optimization and why multiplicity matters. Examine dozens of simple techniques for building traffic, engaging your audience, and crafting effective calls to action. Combine creativity with analysis for the best possible results. Ben Hunt is Principal Consultant for Scratchmedia Ltd. He operates webdesignfromscratch.com, which provides tutorials and advice to over 120,000 web developers each month. Ben has been designing, coding, and producing web sites for clients worldwide for more than 15 years, and is considered a leader in the web usability industry. Forewords by Ken McCarthy, founder of the System Seminar, and Drayton Bird, Drayton Bird Associates.
A poorly designed and unusable system can lead to immense frustration to users, reduced productivity, undesirable profit lose and deterioration of one’s quality of life. To determine a successful interactive system, usability should be integrated in the design process to ensure greater shifts in efficiency and help to reduce work task errors. Incorporating usability in the development process can help to bridge the communication and procurement process for suppliers and customer organisations. Two usability evaluation methods, usability testing and heuristic evaluation were employed to evaluate on an online shopping website, namely Prezzybox.com. The main difference of these two usability evaluation methods is: usability testing involves real users in the test; whilst heuristic evaluation is a ‘quick and cheap’ technique to evaluate user interface with reference to a rule of thumbs by experts. Cost-benefit analysis was also carried out to justify which usability evaluation method was more cost-effective. The effectiveness of Common Industry Format (now as ISO/IEC 25062:2006) industry-reporting format for both usability evaluation methods is also discussed.