Nowadays, the only solution is building a usability lab
that is time and budget intensive.
: What is Usability Testing?, from http://www.english.ttu.edu/usability/whatisusability.asp
Although other institutions in the United States have some features of the program, he said, only the University of Miami center combines skill assessments simulation; an investigative team to debrief participants; a human factors and usability lab
; and a strategy for promoting patient safety policies in Miami, the state of Florida, and, eventually, nationwide.
'My research was very thorough and extensive, involving questionnaires, interviews and observing both men and women using various products in a usability lab
The university also has a portable usability lab
, available for on-site testing.
The formal program consisted of two plenary sessions, eighteen parallel sessions, 35 museum project demonstrations, dozens of commercial exhibits, full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops, and one-hour mini-workshops combined with a day-long usability lab
, a day-long design "crit room", and the Best of the Web awards.
Employing a series of case histories, they suggest a number of new roles for technical communication workers: associate partner for technology, usability lab
manager, interface design manager, marketing writer, business operations strategist, and so on.
The revamp has been six months in the planning, processing and implementation and involved supporters' focus groups testing a prototype in a specially-commissioned hi-tech usability lab
at Goodison Park.
Finally, ErgoLight Operation Recording Suite (EORS) and Usability Validation Suite (EUVS) [ErgoLight Usability Software 1998] provide a number of built-in counts and summary statistics to characterize user interactions captured by the tools, either locally in the usability lab
, or remotely over the Internet.
Users are asked to rate the site on ease of use, content, aesthetics and other factors through several techniques such as online surveys, usability lab
testing or online focus groups.
Examine the role of the usability lab
in testing the relevance and impact of Web site design and functionality.