Tuesday, April 14, 2009


After exploring some sites in class, I have come up with the potential survey that I want to use to test my site:

Task 1

This is the homepage of a Web site dedicated to the Spartan International Program. Please give me your initial reactions to this page. Feel free to explore this page as you normally would. You can scroll around with your mouse, but please don't click on anything just yet.


* Have you ever seen this Web site before?
* Please give me your initial impressions about the layout of this page and what you think of the colors, graphics, photos, etc.
* Without clicking on anything yet, please describe the options you see on the home page and what you think they do. Feel free to move around the page, but again I’ll ask you not to click on anything right now.
* Without clicking on anything yet, if you were exploring, what would you click on first?
* What do you think is the purpose of this site?
* Who do you think this site is intended for?
* Whose Web site is this?

Task 2

Do anything you want on the site. Explore, read and click away. Take about 10 minutes or so and then try to rate, on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), the following statements:

1. The homepage is attractive.
2. The overall site is attractive.
3. The site's graphics are pleasing.
4. The site has a good balance of graphics versus text.
5. The colors used throughout the site are attractive.
6. The typography (lettering, headings, titles) is attractive.
7. The homepage's content makes me want to explore the site further.
8. It is easy to find my way around the site.
9. I can get to information quickly.
10. It is fun to explore the site.
11. It is easy to remember where to find things.
12. Information is layered effectively on different screens.
13. The homepage is attention-getting.
14. Information is easy to read.
15. Information is written in a style that suits me.
16. Screens have the right amount of information.
17. The site effectively communicates the company's identity.
18. The information is relevant to my professional needs.
19. The site is designed with me in mind.
20. The site's content interests me.
21. The site's content would keep me coming back.
22. The site has characteristics that make it especially appealing.
23. The site reflects progressive, leading edge design.
24. The site is exciting.
25. The site is well-suited to first-time visitors.
26. The site is well-suited to repeat visitors.
27. The site has a clear purpose.
28. I always felt I knew what it was possible to do next.
29. It is clear how screen elements (e.g., pop-ups, scrolling lists, menu options, etc.) work.
30. My mistakes were easy to correct.

W3C Guidelines to check your work (I just wanted an easy place to find this):
Images & animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual.
Image maps. Use the client-side map and text for hotspots.
Multimedia. Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
Hypertext links. Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid "click here."
Page organization. Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
Graphs & charts. Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
Scripts, applets, & plug-ins. Provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
Frames. Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
Tables. Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize.
Check your work. Validate. Use tools, checklist, and guidelines at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG

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