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The Usability Testing Environment (UTE)

The Usability Testing Environment (UTE) is a tool that assists quantitative usability evaluation of websites and web applications. Most of the tools and methods previously dedicated to usability evaluations (including heuristic evaluations, cognitive walkthroughs, and think-aloud evaluations) have been extremely subjective and prone to a potentially destructive phenomenon known as the "evaluator effect".

As an automated usability testing environment, UTE provides assistance in all phases of website usability testing. UTE also automates the capture of usability data in detail not possible by a human observer.

The Usability Testing Environment consists of two tightly-integrated applications. The first is the UTE Manager which helps a tester set up test scenarios (tasks) as well as survey and demographic questions. The UTE Manager also compiles the test results and produces customized reports and summary data which can be used as quantitative measures of usability observations and recommendations.

The second UTE application is the UTE Runner. The UTE Runner presents the test participants with the test scenarios (tasks) as well as any demographic and survey questions. In addition, the UTE Runner tracks the actions of the subject throughout the test including clicks, keystrokes, and scrolling.

Using the Usability Testing Environment reduces the time required to compile observations and generate recommendations from a few weeks to a few days--or less. In addition, testers will have actual data to reinforce all observations and recommendations. UTE also requires more thoughtful consideration of what to test during test creation ensuring more useful results.

The Usability Testing Environment is revolutionizing usability testing and evaluation of web-based content and applications.

Download a fully functioning trial of Bailey's Usability Testing Environment today and see what it can help you do.

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