The ISO definition states that effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction are there criteria’s for usability. So how do we collect it for a usability test. The items are listed below.
Articles on usability metrics
I was doing a small research on return on investment for usability. As a result i came across an interesting article on value proposition of usability in UPA (Usability Professionals Association). I have collated these and listed them below,
More articles on ROI for usability,
Competitive Analysis is an interesting topic. What can we learn from our competitors - How to do things? How many things to do? What not to do?. the List could be long. As competitive websites and application provide us with alternatives to our design. Lets try and explore what are the things to include in a competitive report.
Competitive report should be aimed at providing smart hints as to what to include and what not to include as features. In case of brand new applications a competitive report provides useful insight into design itself.
User Experience – Competitive Analysis Links,
With limited resource and large application it might be difficult to Thoroughly test an application. This brings us to the topic of the post. How do we prioritize tasks that need to be included in a usability test.
User Experience Treasure map by Peter Morville
Implementation of standards for accessibility have gained momentum in the previous decade. Section 508 seems to have finally reached the door step of developers, strategy and product management. I remember an era where colors were often the lone indicators in a interface making life difficult for color blind users, at other times we had images without alts – making it difficult for users with screen readers. Today development software’s come pre-configured to include alt messages to images and designers are well ware of providing a shape hint besides just color in interfaces as hints.
The ones i have mentioned above are only small changes. The big change that has occurred is shifting from layouts that were table based to DIV based. The HTML standards have matured significantly both in terms of the interface standards and technically. Earlier tables used to provide more than just tabular data and was used by designers to create layouts making information inaccessible to screen readers.
Past few days i have been spending a little time with accessibility and hope to blog more often about the subject. Here are a few standard checklist you can adopt for your project if you already dont have one,
These are just a few. You could go on searching and find loads of them online.
I have worked with different content management systems during my career. A common bane has been the usability – especially the ‘system model’ that comes in way of effectively and easily learning the system. I wonder the reason behind this?
I have recently tried out at least a dozen open source content management systems to try creating a simple website with the ability to have a user management system. The systems fall short of being learn able and efficient at the same time. The exception among these is word press. but that doesn’t not completely fulfill my requirement.
What could be the reasons for lack of usability in CMS,
How could user experience professionals help the opensource world,