Usability testing of interaction components: taking the message exchange as a measure of usability

W.P. Brinkman, R. Haakma, D.G. Bouwhuis

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Component-based Software Engineering (CBSE) is concerned with the development of systems from reusable parts (components), and the development and maintenance of these parts. This study addresses the issue of usability testing in a CBSE environment, and specifically automatically measuring the usability of different components in a single system. The proposed usability measure is derived from the message exchange between components recorded in a log file. The measure was validated in an experimental evaluation. Four different prototypes of a mobile telephone were subjected to usability tests, in which 40 subjects participated. Results show that the usability of the individual components can be measured, and that they can be priorities on their potential for improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Aided Design of User Interfaces IV
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computer-Aided Design of User Interfaces CADUI’2004 Sponsored by ACM and jointly organised with the Eight ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces IUI’2004 13–16 January 2004, Funchal, Isle of Madeira
EditorsR.J.K. Jacob, Q Limbourg, J. Vanderdonckt
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-3304-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-3145-8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Eventconference; CADUi 2004 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …


Conferenceconference; CADUi 2004
Period1/01/04 → …
OtherCADUi 2004


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