Integrating Usability, Semiotic, and Software Engineering into a Method for Evaluating User Interfaces

Integrating Usability, Semiotic, and Software Engineering into a Method for Evaluating User Interfaces

Kenia Sousa (University of Fortaleza, Brazil), Albert Schilling (University of Fortaleza, Brazil) and Elizabeth Furtado (University of Fortaleza, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-851-2.ch003
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Abstract

We present artifacts and techniques used for user interface (UI) design and evaluation, performed by professionals from the human-computer interaction (HCI) area of study, covering usability engineering and semiotic engineering, which can assist software engineering (SE) to perform usability tests starting earlier in the process. Tests of various interaction alternatives, produced from these artifacts, are useful to verify if these alternatives are in accordance with users’ preferences and constraints, and usability patterns, and can enhance the probability of achieving a more usable and reliable product.

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