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Usability Test Data Logger

The Usability Test Data Logger is an Excel spreadsheet developed by Todd Zazelenchuk, which can be used to collect, analyse, and present results of usability tests. It allows you to measure task completion rates, analyse questionnaire data, and summarise participant comments. It automatically generates charts and includes a timer to measure task completion times.

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  • The Usability Test Data Logger

Henrik Olsen - August 17, 2004 - via Column Two

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Readability analyser

At readability.info you can analyse the readability of text and ascertain a multitude of scores and statistic based on common readability formats. The tool can analyse web pages and Word documents.

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  • The online readability analyser at readability.info

Henrik Olsen - May 21, 2004

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See also: Text (13) 


 

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Toolkit for creating personas

George Olsen has developed a persona toolkit, which can help you build detailed profiles of users, their relations to a product (e.g. a website), and the context in which they use a product. The toolkit is pretty extensive, but intended to be based on a pick-and-choose approach.

George Olsen also gives advice on how to collect information. Ideally, personas should be based on interviewing and direct observation, but you can also get useful information from alternative sources, such as domain experts, research, and artefacts that reveal information about the users' context.

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Henrik Olsen - April 04, 2004

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Zoomify: Fast and powerful web application for high-res image interaction

Zoomify has developed a series of impressive products (Mainly Flash-based technology) that make high-quality images fast and interactive to author, publish, and view online.

Their products meet the high-resolution imaging needs of creative professionals, digital appliance companies, and image-centric businesses such as science/healthcare, education, entertainment, real-estate,...

Zoomifyer EZ is a FREE tool. I find the medical demo of the Zoomifyer Enterprise product very impressive!

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  • Zoomify Home Page
  • Free Zoomifyer EZ Web Tool
  • The Zoomifyer Enterprise Medical Demo!!! (Edit features disabled for demo)

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - March 19, 2004

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Screen reader simulation

Ever wanted to know how blind and visual impaired people surf the web with their screen readers. Here's your chance. WebAIM has designed a screen reader simulation of a fictional web site, which includes a few tasks that you can try out. It's designed with some common accessibility errors to illustrate what users of screen readers have to put up with.

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  • The screen reader simulation

Henrik Olsen - December 16, 2003

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See also: Accessibility (11) 


 

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Calculate web page display speed

The company Web Site Optimization, LLC offers an online service, where you can calculate the size of a web page and its estimated download time at various connection rates. It also gives you recommendations on how to improve page display time.

Web Site Optimization, LLC is founded by Andrew King, author of Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization.

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Henrik Olsen - September 25, 2003

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Magnetic interface design toolkit

Building prototypes with this tool might not be ideal, but it could be useful for workshops and brainstorms - if it's big enough. Anyway, here you can buy your very own Magnetic Interface Design Toolkit maybe just for the fun of it.

Links:

  • The Magnetic Interface Design Toolkit

Henrik Olsen - May 21, 2003 - via EASE

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Analysing search engine keywords

Wordtracker is a online tool for analysing how often people search for specific keywords at a number of search engines, and how many competing sites use those keywords.

Wordtracker is a commercial tool, but they have a limited free trial version, which will analyse you queries against Altavista only.

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  • The online search engine tool Wordtracker

Henrik Olsen - May 11, 2003

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New Version of DENIM Available

Berkeley's Group for User Interface Research have released version 1.1 of DENIM, a visual prototyping system for early stage website design. The two changes of note are that the input system (SILK) is much more responsive and you can now print the prototypes. DENIM is designed for sketching of prototypes - a graphics tablet is highly recommended.

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Tim Lucas - April 30, 2003

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Accessibility Extension for Dreamweaver MX

UsableNet and Macromedia have released a accessibility extension to enhance the current options that come with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.

The extension combines Section 508 with W3C priority 1 & 2 accessibility guideline testing and repair advice.

Links:

  • Download the accessibility extension for Dreamweaver

Henrik Olsen - April 16, 2003

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