Collaborative session that facilitates communication between developers and users to discuss aspects of an impending interface, also known as a Joint Advisory Development (JAD) session.
A researcher role that works with a person or group to moderate a discussion or activity in order to collect feedback and information.
An approach to technology that favors the complexity or amount of functionality over the user experience.
A message confirming to the user that an action has been completed successfully.
Serves to describe the purpose and function of form elements.
A testing method to see what visitors click on first on a website.
A diagram designed to identify cause-and-effect relationships between factors in a given situation. It is made up of a "head" which states a problem and bones along the spine which represent factors and categories of factors.
A mathematical model that predicts how long it will take to point at a target based on target size and proximity, stating the further away and smaller it is the longer it will take for user to interact with it.
When a page contracts and expands horizontally inside a persons web browser despite the size of the browser window or the resolution of the monitor.
A focus group is a pointed discussion with a group of participants that a moderator leads through a set of questions on a particular topic to obtain feedback about users, products, concepts, prototypes, tasks, strategies, and environments.
The fold is defined as the lowest point where a Web page is no longer visible on a computer monitor or screen. Where on a Web page the fold falls is a function of the monitor size, the screen resolution, and the font size selection. The information that is visible when a Web page first loads is considered to be "above the fold." Those regions of the same Web page that are visible only by scrolling are considered to be "below the fold."
A particular typeface, size, pitch and spacing.
The color of the text.
How easy or difficult it is to read a collection of words in a specific type style.
The height of a font measured in points.
Forced device jumping (keyboard/mouse switching)
Unneccesarily forcing users to change input devices to complete tasks.
Input elements like text fields, checkboxes, radio-buttons, submit buttons, select lists, textarea, fieldset, legend, and label elements.
Testing the design early in development to inform and verify design decisions. The results are leveraged to further refine and form the interface or product.
HTML pages used to pass data to a server.
A feature supported by most browsers that enables the designer to divide the display area into two or more sections (frames). The contents of each frame behave like different Web pages.
A data collection technique to gain user insight for a specific domain or topic by asking people to list all the items they can think of that relate to the topic.
An action or capability which a system or subsystem fulfills.
In human factors, determining responsibility for performing a given function to humans or technology within a given system.