Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design

Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design

Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design

Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design


The Handbook covers basic human factors issues relating to screen design, input devices, and information organization and processing, as well as addresses newer features which will become prominent in the next generation of Web technologies. These include multimodal interfaces, wireless capabilities, and agents that can improve convenience and usability. Written by leading researchers and/or practitioners in the field, this volume reflects the varied backgrounds and interests of individuals involved in all aspects of human factors and Web design and includes chapters on a full range of topics. Divided into 12 sections, this book addresses: *historical backgrounds and overviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE); *specific subfields of HFE; *issues involved in content preparation for the Web; *information search and interactive information agents; *designing for universal access and specific user populations; *the importance of incorporating usability evaluations in the design process; *task analysis, meaning analysis, and performance modeling; *specific Web applications in academic and industrial settings; *Web psychology and information security; *emerging technological developments and applications for the Web; and *the costs and benefits of incorporating human factors for the Web and the state of current guidelines. The Handbook is intended for researchers and practitioners concerned with all aspects of Web design. It could also be used as a text for advanced courses in computer science, industrial engineering, and psychology.


With the rapid introduction of highly sophisticated computers, telecommunication services, and manufacturing systems, a major shift has occurred in the way people use and work with technology. The objective of this series on human factors and ergonomics is to provide researchers and practitioners a platform in which important issues related to these changes can be discussed and methods and recommendations can be presented for ensuring that emerging technologies provide increased productivity, quality, satisfaction, safety, and health in the new workplace and the information society.

The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design contains valuable and insightful chapters concerning all aspects of Web design, including how to prepare material for presentation on the Web and how to retrieve information from this massive database. Several chapters address issues involved in universal access and cross-cultural Web design, as well as use of adaptive interfaces and interactive information agents. Methods for designing and evaluating Web usability are discussed, with subsequent chapters illustrating their use in a variety of academic and industrial applications.

Together, the 38 chapters of the handbook provide comprehensive coverage of the factors that contribute to effective and pleasant Web interactions. Key principles are presented in 102 tables and 193 figures. Furthermore, the handbook's 2,374 references will allow readers to obtain further information on the topics that are surveyed. This handbook is a unique reference that will serve the needs of both researchers and practitioners.

—Gavriel Salvendy Series Editor Purdue University Tsinghua University, PR. China . . .

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