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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Usability Testing - Heuristic Evaluation of Website

Web Usability is gaining high importance in Internet world and majorly Information Technology(IT) sector is looking into Usability with deep interest, putting more money and resources to develop and produce highly usable web sites and products simply for one reason: USABLE WEBSITE SELLS.

Heuristic Evaluation or Heuristic Study of a website is the first part of Usability Testing where a number of Usability professionals evaluate a website on Usability points and then together find a solution to remake/redesign the User Interface to make it more user friendly.

By Dictionary "Heuristic" means Computer Science - Relating to or using a problem-solving technique in which the most appropriate solution of several found by alternative methods is selected at successive stages of a program for use in the next step of the program.

This Heuristic analysis or Heuristic evaluation is basically based on Ten Usability Heuristics by Jacob Nielsen. Visit this page to read these Ten Usability Heuristics.

Heuristic Testing is inexpensive method as compared to complete Usability Testing which involves setting up a User Behaviour study lab and other factors. Small companies that can not afford the Usability Testing services must go for Heuristic evaluation part and rework on the websites accordingly.


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