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|Title:||The assessment of usability of electronic shopping: A heuristic evaluation|
|Keywords:||Electronic commerce;Usability evaluation;Interface evaluation;Web-based application|
|Citation:||International Journal of Information Management, 25(6): 516-532, Dec 2005|
|Abstract:||Today there are thousands of electronic shops accessible via the Web. Some provide user-friendly features whilst others seem not to consider usability factors at all. Yet, it is critical that the electronic shopping interface is user-friendly so as to help users to obtain their desired results. This study applied heuristic evaluation to examine the usability of current electronic shopping. In particular, it focused on four UK-based supermarkets offering electronic services: including ASDA, Iceland, Sainsbury, and Tesco. The evaluation consists of two stages: a free-flow inspection and a task-based inspection. The results indicate that the most significant and common usability problems have been found to lie within the areas of ‘User Control and Freedom’ and ‘Help and Documentation’. The findings of this study are applied to develop a set of usability guidelines to support the future design of effective interfaces for electronic shopping.|
|Appears in Collections:||Computer Science|
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers
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