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usability

[‚yüz·ə′bil·əd·ē]
(industrial engineering)
The characteristics which enter into a product's design and are related to its quality and reliability that enable users to perform tasks quickly and error free, as well as reduce the time and mental effort to learn or operate the product. Also known as ease of use; user friendliness.

usability

(programming)
The effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which users can achieve tasks in a particular environment of a product. High usability means a system is: easy to learn and remember; efficient, visually pleasing and fun to use; and quick to recover from errors.

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usability

Usability is how easy hardware or software is to operate, especially for the first-time user. Considering how difficult applications and websites can be to navigate through, one would wish that all designers took usability into greater consideration than they do. See hallway testing, good user interface, user interface, RTFM and usability lab.
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The Usability People, LLC is a Washington DC area based Usability testing and User Experience agency.
This technology keeps track of fine gaze movements characteristic of smartphone and tablet device users, making it possible to conduct usability test services enabling developers to simulate users' cognitive characteristics and thinking.
2006), and that current method proposals lack a comprehensive and systematic approach that evaluates different e-learning perspectives, which makes it difficult to select useful tools for quick and reliable usability evaluation.
Not only is usability a contemporary topic of interest in the information systems community, but one that is not incorporated (explicitly) into the series of courses offered for any IS degree which follows the nationally normed curriculum model, IS2002 (2002).
We're proud to be recognised by Forrester as the most experienced usability agency in Europe.
Relaxing the homogeneity assumption in usability testing.
The Disability Rights Commission will also be trialling the Usability Exchange service from April.
Focusing on electronic commerce, consumers face a proliferation of poorly-designed electronic stores giving rise to poor usability and information overload.
In both cases, the seamless integration of accessibility testing with Web authoring has had a measurable impact on the usability of our Web site.
Desmarais provided examples of how testing and improving the usability features of their online forms allowed Norvax to produce a 36% increase in conversion rates, the percentage of page visitors who completed the web-based form.
Building on the success of our debut bundle last year, and on this year's World Usability Day theme of Communication, we've gone out and partnered with a great bunch of companies from around the world and pulled together what we've dubbed the 'Redesign Bonanza Super Bundle' for this year's World Usability Day," says Andrew Mayfield, CEO, Optimal Workshop.
Several IUSR participants have been performing pilot tests on the current version of the CIF to determine how well it works for usability reporting and to determine its usefulness in software procurement.