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Synthesis-Oriented Situational Analysis in User Interface Design

Mayo, Kevin A. and Hartson, H. Rex (1993) Synthesis-Oriented Situational Analysis in User Interface Design. Technical Report TR-93-20, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Analytic evaluation is a term describing a class of techniques for examining a representation of a user interface design, discovering design flaws and/or predicting user task performance. In our work with analytic evaluation, we have observed limitations on the effectiveness and efficiency of analytic techniques for formative evaluation supporting the iterative design and re-design cycle. Here we support those observations with arguments based on theoretical limitations of the models underlying these techniques. By way of comparison we discuss desirable characteristics for an alternative approach. In our search for such an alternative, we have developed the Task Mapping Model, a substantively different approach to analysis for supporting the user interface design. We briefly describe the Task Mapping Model and give some examples illustrating its desirable characteristics.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:362
Deposited By:User autouser
Deposited On:05 December 2001