Heuristic evaluation of Sakai's "Resources"
ashish.singal at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 01:26:30 UTC 2008
I worked on that HE of Resources, and I apologize, there has been an error
in the reference image. I have already updated the fluid wiki page with
correct image. Also, please find that image attached along with the email
Let me describe the issue in detail in here:
** For each item in the 'Resources' there are two drop-downs with seperate
actions available for them. If user has to perform a certain action, he has
to remember the drop-down, containing the required action. This not only
increases the time required to perform a certain task but also it depends
on the user's memory, making the task error-prone. I am also not sure on any
sort of logical grouping of the items in two drop-down lists.
* This might be just the skin issue, but the row seems to be top-aligned,
whereas the drop-downs are center aligned??
* Logical grouping of the action items in drop-down can help the user is
selecting the right drop-down containing the desired action item.
* Clear labeling of two drop-downs which can provide the user with
sufficient clue on the action items listed in the drop-down list.
* Also pointed out by John, simplifying the tool will also help. If we can
reduce it to a single drop-down, may also increase the usability of
Do let me know if the solutions are still unclear or any other
doubt/suggestion, and I would try my best to explain or mock-up an image.
Graduate Student, HCI
Georgia Institute of Technology
On Jan 2, 2008 12:55 PM, John Norman <john at caret.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> FWIW, I can suggest an additional solution option without
> understanding the exact diagnosis: simpify the tool so the number of
> possible actions is smaller and cascading drop-downs are not required.
> On 2 Jan 2008, at 18:15, Harriet Truscott wrote:
> > Hi Clay
> > I'm ashamed to say how long it's taken me to get round to really going
> > through this piece of work in detail.
> > However, I'm now going through it and adding it in as JIRAs where
> > appropriate. There was one which had me slightly baffled, though.
> > * * *
> > Issue:
> > Multiple Dropdowns (i.e. 'add' and 'actions' buttons): Alignment and
> > positioning of the drop downs make it difficult to recognize and
> > differentiate between different columns of the table
> > (Recognition rather than recall, Aesthetic and minimalist design)
> > Suggestion for Solutions
> > Grouping similar attributes related to particular feature.
> > Clear labeling of different sets of available options in two dropdowns
> > * * *
> > I wasn't quite sure what this solution actually meant. The solutions
> > suggested seem (as I understand them) to be different to the
> > problem brought
> > up. Perhaps I didn't thoroughly understand what was meant by either?
> > Would your student be able to explain a little more about what the
> > issue
> > was, and show their proposed solution?
> > Best wishes
> > Harriet
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> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: khomotso at gmail.com [mailto:khomotso at gmail.com] On
> >> Behalf Of Clay Fenlason
> >> Sent: 18 October 2007 22:12
> >> To: fluid-work at fluidproject.org; Resources DG
> >> Subject: Heuristic evaluation of Sakai's "Resources"
> >> A graduate student working with us did a heuristic evaluation
> >> of Sakai's Resources tool, which I've been remiss in
> >> forwarding along. I should get this on wiki pages as well.
> >> ~Clay
> >> [see attachment: "Heuristic Evaluation - Resources.doc",
> >> size: 1026560 bytes]
> >> Attachments:
> >> Heuristic Evaluation - Resources.doc
> >> https://collab.sakaiproject.org/access/content/attachment/fbc6
> >> c07d-b24f-4149-807a-6a900798b5aa/Heuristic%20Evaluation%20-%20
> >> Resources.doc
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