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Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X
Currently published as: Aslib Journal of Information Management

Online from: 1949

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Ten usability principles for the development of effective WAP and m-commerce services


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Title:Ten usability principles for the development of effective WAP and m-commerce services
Author(s):Chris Condos, (Chris Condos (chriscondos@hotmail.com) is Tutorial Assistant, with the Data and Knowledge Engineering Research Group (DKERG), Coventry University, UK.), Anne James, (Anne James is Associate Head of Computer Science, with the Data and Knowledge Engineering Research Group (DKERG), Coventry University, UK.), Peter Every, (Peter Every is a Senior Lecturer, with the Data and Knowledge Engineering Research Group (DKERG), Coventry University, UK.), Terry Simpson, (Terry Simpson (terry@connected-systems.com) is Human Factors Specialist, Connected Systems Ltd, London, UK.)
Citation:Chris Condos, Anne James, Peter Every, Terry Simpson, (2002) "Ten usability principles for the development of effective WAP and m-commerce services", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 54 Iss: 6, pp.345 - 355
Keywords:Communications technology, Information technology, Internet, Mobile communications
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/00012530210452546 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This paper reports on the results of a Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) usability study, which consists of a survey, an evaluation of two UK WAP portals and an experiment that was carried out between November 2001 and February 2002. A number of usability issues, which prevented the users from completing basic and common tasks, were identified. For instance, 70 per cent of the users were not successful in searching for a textbook on the Amazon.co.uk WAP site. Additionally, even experienced users were not immune to these problems. The general conclusion of the study is that WAP usability remains poor. We argue that this could have a negative effect on the future of WAP and m-commerce. Finally, we propose a set of ten principles, which are based on the findings of this study, and we believe will aid towards the development of more usable WAP and m-commerce services.



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