Prep for mobile user testing and demoing

E.J. Zufelt everett at
Thu Aug 20 23:38:08 UTC 2009

Good afternoon James,

I think it might still be useful to do some human-screen-reader  
testing on the wire frames (i.e. where a human is the screen-reader).   
This would be easily accomplishable over the phone / skype and may  
reveal some things early on to make it easier for developers not to  
overlook accessibility related issues.


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On 20-Aug-09, at 5:31 PM, James William Yoon wrote:

> It'd be awesome if we could do some early accessibility testing on the
> mobile app, but this is really dependent on when the developers have a
> functional prototype of the app.
> In the interim, we were going to do a cheap faux-functionality
> wireframes-in-screen test, where the user wouldn't actually be looking
> at text, but rather a mock image of the text (and of the screen
> overall). It's unfortunate, but it really is a cheap, fast, and
> effective option, albeit with the drawback that we can't do screen
> reader testing on it.
> Cheers,
> James
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Alison
> Benjamin<alison.benjamin at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The mobile app looks like a lot of fun to use :o)
>> I think we should take advantage of the iPhone's screen reader and do
>> UX testing with respect to this early on. I'm not deeply familiar  
>> with
>> the design priorities for McCord but I think this will affect how
>> generalizable the app is.
>> Thanks,
>> Alison
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM, James William
>> Yoon<james.yoon at> wrote:
>>> Just an update on what we're up to in terms of mobile design. We're
>>> still building new screens, revising old ones, creating variations  
>>> of
>>> existing ones, and getting feedback and direction from Hugues
>>> (McCord), Nicole (McCord), Nancy (SI American Art), and Titus
>>> (Experius). One of our next steps is to start doing some user  
>>> testing
>>> of the wireframes.
>>> In preparation for doing some of that user testing and demoing, we
>>> have a couple of tasks ahead of us:
>>> 1. Write up the user testing protocol: Erin's been working on  
>>> writing
>>> up a testing protocol for our wireframes. They can found here:
>>> ; comments, revisions are very welcome as usual!
>>> 2. Set up the testing platform: we're planning to use
>>> wireframes-in-screen testing to give faux-functionality, a la recent
>>> publication by Bolchini ( 
>>> p=1263).
>>> In a nutshell, we'll have images of the wireframes on the mobile
>>> device, with clickable hot spots which transition the user to the  
>>> next
>>> appropriate screen (=  image = wireframe). Jacob's helping us  
>>> maintain
>>> a sense of the mobile experience by using the screen navigator to  
>>> get
>>> that sliding screen transition effect between screens.
>>> Cheers,
>>> James
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