MAR
6
2006

Editing Wikipedia: Usability Test Results Online

I finally managed to summarise the Test results from the usability tests with the German Wikipedia (at least most of them - three sections are still missing):

You can either download the PDF, or you can edit and comment the results yourself directly on Wikipedia !Upadet link! (after several steps the final URL now)

FEB
24
2006

accessibility meets usability weekend

Tonight, Olaf and Gunnar from the KDE Accessibility team will come over to Berlin. Together with the linaccess crew, we will perform usability tests with KDE's, and possibly Gnome's accessibility features during the next two days. Tina will support me on the usability side.

FEB
9
2006

Defaults Nr. II

Let's have a look at font settings:

FEB
8
2006

Have you ever lost all your application settings? (or: Defaults Nr. I)

... because you pressed this button?

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The Defaults button in KDE's Configure... dialogs resets all application settings to the factory defaults. In a tabbed dialog design, this does not become clear at all: The label does not tell if it refers to the current tab or to the whole dialog. For the user, this is especially difficult to learn as KControl behaves differently: Here, the Defaults button refers to the currently active tab only.

JAN
31
2006

Wanted: Participants for Wikipedia usability tests in Berlin

[.. as this test is for German-speaking participants only, I'll proceed in German]

Teilnehmer für Wikipedia-Usabilitytest in Berlin gesucht!

Um die Einstiegsschwelle zur Mitarbeit an der freien Enzyklopädie Wikipedia zu reduzieren, führen wir im Rahmen von OpenUsability nächste Woche (6. bis 10. Februar) Usabilitytests mit der deutschen Version der Wikipedia durch. Dazu suchen wir TeilnehmerInnen!

JAN
29
2006

Contextual Help and its Effects on Human Working Memory Load

Exactly three years ago I was busy writing my diploma thesis - it was about a help system which showed the user directly in the application where and how to perform certain tasks. This type of help is called contextual or context sensitive help.

We had two different types of contextual help: One was bubbles that appeared next to buttons or entry fields, telling the user what to do there. The other was the mouse pointer itself, going into the application, clicking onto certain interface elements or entering text. Both types could visualise whole task sequences, not only single actions.

For my thesis I conducted a user test where the performance after learning a software with a conventional tutorial was compared to the performance after learning with that contextual help system. Of course our expectation was that users better learn a software with our new help system. But why?

JAN
26
2006

"Summer of Usability" ?

In my previous entry, I mentioned that there are still too few usability people involved with OSS usability - both in the scope of OpenUsability as well as in other efforts like the FLOSS Usability group.

JAN
4
2006

OpenUsability.org: Retrospect and Outlook

2005 is over - and it was a very eventful year for OpenUsability.org: We had our first booth at the German LinuxTag, visited numerous developer conferences and Linux days to talk about usability and to provide live usability support. Also, we haven't frightened the KDE developers too much so they once more invited us to aKademy ;-) In September, we started our first regular regional OpenUsability Get-Together in Berlin, and are close to getting an e.V.

DEC
30
2005

22c3 Work Results: File Browsing Behaviour - Report from User Interviews and a Konqueror Usability Test

This year, the chaos communication congress was productive for me: I finally manged to summarise the results of the user interviews and Konqueror usability test we did in August.

Download: Report in PDF [2,5 MB]

Summary:

In a screening test on file browsing behaviour, 21 participants were interviewed on their habits and preferences regarding file management. Six out of the 21 participants then conducted a usability test with Konqueror, the KDE file manager.

DEC
29
2005

¤°`°¤ø,¸ 22c3 ¸¸,ø¤°`°¤ø,¸ 22c3 ¸,ø¤°`°¤ 22c3 ¤°`°¤ø,¸

22c3 has started, finally °°°
Antenne and me are busy preparing our Paper Prototyping Workshop on Friday.

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