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AHF 3101 Human Factors

Published : 13-Sep,2021  |  Views : 10

Question:

Choose a web-based application in which menu selection and form fill-in are more appropriate than a direct-manipulation strategy. In your initial post, include the following:

A link to the site

A description of the intended audience

An explanation of why menu selection or form fill-in would be preferred over direct manipulation according to the Eight Golden Rules, described in of Designing the User Interface

A brief analysis explaining whether or not a different type of menu selection or form fill-in is preferred and why

Answer:

Link to the site: www.zillow.com

For the evaluation we have selected the zillow.com web site.  The website is related to the rea, estate business and act as the platform to connect the property owners and the buyers. On the different pages of this site are evidently using the menu controls as well as fill in Forms for the users so that they can interact more with the pages and its content. Example  of such controls are used on the pages like mortgage-calculator page (www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/#purpose=Refinance)  it asks the visitor to use the form to provide, zip code, Property Rate, current value etc.  

 The menu selection options also helps in the simple error handling on the applications made by the user and provides informative feedback to the user.  In this way the users are able to reverse their course of action or interaction on the site to properly use the different functionalities on the site.   The use of the menu selection on the web application makes the users on this site to use lesser key strokes to accomplish a task.

As the Direct manipulation technique makes the interaction press more tedious and is not suitable for all types of users (such as visually impaired users visiting the site). In addition to that, the visual representations used for the direct manipulation by the users are often misleading.    As the form fill in helps in simplification of the data entry on the web pages, requires modest training or knowledge of the users to interact with the web application.  

Bibliography

Auden, W. H. (2013). Menu Selection, Form Fill-In, and Dialog Boxes. Designing the User Interface: Pearson New International Edition: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 223.

Balatsoukas, P., Williams, R., Davies, C., Ainsworth, J., & Buchan, I. (2015). User interface requirements for web-based integrated care pathways: Evidence from the evaluation of an online care pathway investigation tool. Journal of medical systems, 39(11), 183.

Roldán-Álvarez, D., Martín, E., García-Herranz, M., & Haya, P. A. (2016). Mind the gap: impact on learnability of user interface design of authoring tools for teachers. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 94, 18-34.

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