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|Title:||Scrolling versus menus on small mobile device screens: a mobile portal usability study|
Archer, Norman P.
McMaster eBusiness Research Centre (MeRC)
|Series/Report no.:||MeRC working paper|
|Abstract:||<p>Developing an application interface for wireless portable devices that is acceptable to end-users is more complex than it is for desktop displays. One way this challenge can be addressed is by providing application access through wireless Web portals. This paper presents a usability study of a wireless Web application, based on reusable portlets that support different functionalities t1:1rough wireless PDAs. Two wireless PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) interfaces were developed for an organizational application. The first used a PDA display of the equivalent desktop version that made all functionalities available by scrolling, and the second version utilized five portlets in separate displays, each supporting a functionality that linked to the other portlets through menus. Summative comparisons of the wireless interfaces were used to gather user perceptions of three versions of the interface: a full desktop computer display, the scrollable PDA version, and the menu-driven PDA version. Outcomes indicated that users preferred the desktop interface but their ranking was indifferent between the menu-driven and scrollable PDA interfaces.</p>|
|Description:||<p>24 p. ; Includes bibliographical references. ; "July 2008."</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||MeRC (McMaster eBusiness Research Centre) Working Paper Series|
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