Wireless Web Usability Handbook / Edition 1

Wireless Web Usability Handbook / Edition 1

by Mark Pearrow
     
 

Today a Web site is only as valuable as it is productive. Users need sites that are easy to use and helpful. The sites that are not, lose their visitors' interest quickly and can cost companies loyal customers. This is even more of an issue when users might be coming to a site via a wireless device. Not only do designers have to consider different platforms and… See more details below

Overview

Today a Web site is only as valuable as it is productive. Users need sites that are easy to use and helpful. The sites that are not, lose their visitors' interest quickly and can cost companies loyal customers. This is even more of an issue when users might be coming to a site via a wireless device. Not only do designers have to consider different platforms and browsers when designing sites, now they need to consider different devices and user agents for viewing with those devices. So how do you design a site that is effective on all these devices? You begin by knowing your users and understanding how and why your content is accessed. From there you can address the needs of your specific users and design accordingly.

The goals of The Wireless Web Usability Handbook are threefold: provide designers with a new awareness of the ways that pervasive computing affects how humans interact; give designers an understanding of the problems and risks involved with this new generation of devices; provide the tools to ensure that the content designers create for pervasive computing devices is usable. These and other valuable guidelines are provided here in a pragmatic style that clarifies what designers really need to think about when designing Web sites for current and next generation devices and applications.

FEATURES
  • Provides an overview of pervasive computing
  • Details current content delivery technologies, including WML, WAP, WMLS, VoiceXML, Compact HTML (cHTML), i-Mode, HDML/HDTP, WebTV, SMS, GPS, EPOC, ONSTAR, SyncML, BlueTooth, and XML
  • Includes practical accessibility design guidelines
  • Covers the major wireless devices and provides a summary of their physical, logical, and cognitive layers (Cell phones, PDAs, Pagers, TV-based devices, tablet and pad devices)
  • Includes hands-on ideas to test the ideas covered in each chapter
  • Discusses usability tools and techniques, including emulators and how important they are to wireless design
  • Provides a case study of a wireless Web content usability plan

On the CD!
  • Palm OS Emulator (Windows)
  • Lynx Web Browser (Windows)
  • Deckit WAP Emulator (Windows)
  • Ace Reader (Windows)
  • EZ Calc and Usort (Windows)
  • WinWAP Browser (Windows)
  • Reference DTDs
  • SyncML
  • Compact HTML
  • A Chapter On Using Web Satistics (PDF format) (Windows/Mac)
  • Sample Test Plan for easy use and modification (Windows/Mac)
  • Usability Checklist (Windows/Mac)
  • Sample Questionnaire, NDA, and Consent Form (Windows/Mac)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584500568
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Pearrow (Dedham, MA) is a sponsored research staff member at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. His current research is in the area of Technology, Psychology, and Society. He is also the author of the first edition of the Web Site Usability Handbook and The Wireless Web Usability Handbook (Charles River Media).

Table of Contents

Computing Goes Undercover; Mechanics of Usability; Content Delivery Technologies; Heuristics for usable Pervasive Computing; Cellular telephone Devices; Network Computers; Pager Based Systems; Wearable Computing; Tablet and Pad Devices; Embedded Devices; The Future; Glossary; Appendix A: DTDs; Appendix B: Tag Reference

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