Design Guideline Development for Usable Forms

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Onay Durdu P. (Executive) , Deniz G.

Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions, 2016 - 2016

  • Project Type: Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions
  • Begin Date: January 2016
  • End Date: September 2016

Project Abstract

Web forms are the design tools that are used for gathering inputs from users in interactive applications. These forms were mainly developed for desktop applications and transfer of them directly to mobile context did not work well most of the time. Since screen size of mobile devices is smaller than desktop computers efficiency and accuracy of from controls (button, text box, drop down box, radio button, etc.) used to input data in mobile applications become essential. Therefore, in the scope of this project a design guideline will be developed for developing usable mobile forms.

In the first phase of the project an experimental study that compared the usability of four different input methods in the context of smart phones with touch screen property. Form controls were chosen for the comparison in this study are button, text box, spinner (drop down) and radio button. These are the controls which are also commonly used in web forms as well. Experiment will be conducted with two different smartphones which have two commonly used operating systems (iOS and Android) running on them. 60 participants will participate in the study from different age groups and experience levels. Experiment is designed as a task-based usability test. Participants will be asked to perform pre-determined tasks with two different smartphones during the experiment. Task performance, accuracy of input methods, satisfaction level of the users as well as the perceived and actual performance of the users will be recorded. Afterwards the data will be analyzed to examine which input method provides faster and more accurate input in a touch based smartphone environment. In the second phase of the study, mobile form design guideline will be developed for the mobile application developers based on the results of the experimental study.