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2nd Edition

Human Factors and Web Development

Edited By

Julie Ratner

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ISBN 9780805842227
Published August 1, 2002 by CRC Press
352 Pages

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Book Description

Due to the ever-changing technological landscape and the global integration of the Internet in schools, libraries, homes, and businesses, the content of this second edition changed significantly. Since many computer users are connected at both home and work, the Web has transformed communication; consumption patterns; and access to business, politicians, and neighbors halfway around the world. With numerous books on user-friendly Web sites, the editor's challenge was to deliver a volume with a radically different snapshot of the research being conducted at the beginning of the 21st century.

The chapters in this book provide many answers to critical questions and propose thought-provoking research ideas for the future. Corporate and academic practitioners, as well as their doctoral fellows and graduate students from around the globe contributed their time, expertise, and unique research practices. Together, they collectively provide another comprehensive resource that the growing community of human factors and Web development experts can share. The editor's hope is that this book will inspire leading-edge research on accessible Web applications or other topics in the coming years.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Digital Strategy: Planning in the 21st Century. D.J. Mayhew, Introduction. A. Sears, Universal Usability and the WWW. M. Kurosu, A Cultural Comparison of Website Design From a Usability Engineering Perspective. Part II: Analyze Phase: Techniques and Processes. D.J. Mayhew, R.G. Bias, Cost-Justifying Web Usability. L. Kowalski, Web User Interface Development at Oracle: How the Evolution of the Platform Influenced Our Products' Human-Factors Efforts. R. Opaluch, Usability Metrics. J. Ratner, Learning About the User Experience on the Web With the Phone Usability Method. Part III: Design and Evaluation Phases--Research in Ease-of-Use and Innovative Perspectives. M.P. Czerwinski, K. Larson, Cognition and the Web: Moving From Theory to Web Design. J. Lazar, Y. Huang, Designing Improved Error Messages for Web Browsers. M. Hassenzahl, Character Grid: A Simple Repertory Grid Technique for Website Analysis and Evaluation. M-C. Chen, J.R. Anderson, M-H. Sohn, Eye-Hand Coordination During Web Browsing. P.R. Vora, Designing Friction-Free Experience for E-Commerce Sites. C. Johnson, Y-M. Cheng, Web Support for Context-Sensitive Interaction. E.H. Chi, Scent of the Web. J. Aberg, N. Shahmehri, Live Help Systems. B.P. Bailey, L.J. Gurak, J.A. Konstan, Trust in Cyberspace.

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"The book is thought-provoking in the breadth and depth of knowledge presented. The book moves from 'digital strategy' and planning, through analysis, to design and evaluation. Highlights from the first two parts designed for a world-wide audience (presented ably by Andrew Sears), cost-justifying web usability (Mayhew and Bias), usability metrics (Opaluch), and 'phone usability' where usability surveys are conducted at low cost over the phone (Ratner). Talk about discount usability engineering!"
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