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Usability- testing

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

The essence of usability testing lies in watching users while their interaction with the system during performance of real tasks. Usability testing allows to find out if the system really works, i.e. if it solves the assigned design tasks, whether it’s productive enough and, simply, if users can perform their tasks at all.

Public accessibility of a web site

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

In 1999 Australian Human Rights Council demanded from Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) to re-design the official Olympic Games web site because of the user, who complained that he couldn’t use the web site as he was visually impaired. SOCOG refused to re-design the site, but eventually lost the case in court and was forced to re-design it and pay 20 000$ compensation.

Professional organizations in usability-sphere.

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

There’re several organizations that define a vector for the whole usability-community and promote user oriented design methods in industry and business.

ACM — Association for Computing Machinery

Usability standards and recommendations

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

There are several universally accepted usability and accessibility standards, which are implemented in interface design. Some of them are advisory, while others are compulsory. Type of the requirements can be defined by the country the product is created for or by the type of the system. For instance, a company, designing a corporate system, is more demanding than a web-studio, designing an online store. Companies, designing software and web sites for public use must conform to the standards described in this article.