Usability tri-parametric artifacts: A knowledge reporting artifact for software development reusability

Abstract

This paper proposes a new usability artifact, namely Usability Tri-parametric Artifact (UTA). Guidelines and patterns are discussed and shown to stop short of fulfilling certain usability requirements, especially those of the business user. After justifying the need and usefulness of the UTA, we propose an initial UTA framework. The Usability Requirements, Design Sample and Object component(s)/ Application components are the three parameters that make out the UTA framework providing the user with: 1) Better understanding of both the guidelines and the patterns. 2) Better applicability. 3) Ease of organizational learning. 4) The understanding of the business process and mission. 5) The understanding of the role of marketing goals and priorities in the design. © 2005 IEEE.

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