Building a Custom Client-Side Research Tool for Online Web-Based Experiments

Building a Custom Client-Side Research Tool for Online Web-Based Experiments

Stu Westin (University of Rhode Island, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-752-0.ch016
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This chapter describes a general software-based approach to conducting online Web research through the development of a custom research tool. Specifically, the tool is an Internet Explorer-like Web browser that can be designed to deliver experimental treatments and to collect experimental data with great precision and flexibility. The purpose of the manuscript is to introduce this approach to Web-based research, and to discuss the most salient issues, techniques, and problems that are involved in the development and use of such a research instrument. Programming custom event handlers, for a preexisting software object called the WebBrowser Control, constitutes a major part of the research approach. Event handling techniques having to do with downloading and navigation, with browser interface emulation, and with window and session control are presented. Other relevant issues such as cache management, keyboard handling, and accessing HTML page elements through the Document Object Model are also presented.

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Steven Gordon
Chapter 1
Rawiwan Tenissara
Difficulties with navigation are common in hypertext documents. Many studies have examined techniques and design strategies to find the proper... Sample PDF
Navigational Tools in Hypertext Information Retrieval Frames and an Expandable Table of Contents
Chapter 2
Yuan Gao
This chapter reviews recent studies in the use of Website presentation techniques for commercial Websites. In particular, it examines theoretical... Sample PDF
Website Interactivity and Amusement: Techniques and Effects
Chapter 3
Victor Perotti
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Techniques for Visualizing Website Usage Patterns with an Adaptive Neural Network
Chapter 4
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Using Usability Factors to Predict the E-Commerce User Experience
Chapter 5
Susan K. Lippert
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Social Issues in the Administration of Information Systems Survey Research
Chapter 6
Jeffery Hsu
The role of the user interface (interaction mode) is of considerable importance, since the method of interaction can have an impact on both... Sample PDF
User Interfaces and Markup Language Programming: The Effects of Interaction Mode on User Performance and Satisfaction
Chapter 7
Peter N. Hyland
This chapter explores the task of retrieving and analysing statistical data from external sources, such as national statistical agencies, government... Sample PDF
Development of a Task Model for the Analysis and Retrieval of Statistical Data
Chapter 8
Sang-Gun Lee, Sangjin Yoo, Zoonky Lee
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Media Selection and End-User Satisfaction: An Empirical Study of Help-Desk Using SERVQUAL
Chapter 9
End User Support Usage  (pages 146-160)
Robin Munkvold
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Chapter 10
Anders Avdic
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Users as Developers - Conditions and Effects of User Systems Development
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Kathryn Marold, Gwynne Larsen
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Jennifer P. Nightingale
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Anabela Sarmento
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The Role of the Organizational Context in the Use of a Workflow System: Lessons from a Case Study
Chapter 14
Steven Gordon, Paul Mulligan
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Chong Kim, Purnendu Mandal, Dale H. Shao
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Building a Custom Client-Side Research Tool for Online Web-Based Experiments
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