Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Mon Jul 23 13:29:07 UTC 2001

On Mon, Jul 23, 2001 at 03:05:42PM +0200, Anders Lindback wrote:
> Alistair Davidson skrev:
> > Bernhard Reiter wrote:

> > > From my perspective we do not have the ressources yet to run
> > > or buy usability tests.
> > 
> > That's a shame. It's nice to have an answer to the question though.
> > Thought: maybe we could get a company to sponsor them (I'm sure IBM or
> > whoever would love the PR).

> The cost of a usability test is dirt cheap.  

Compared to the impact it is cheap.

> Its easy to make your own test if you know what how to do it.
> The truth is that you only need a sample of 5 persones and some time.

Actually my company is offering usability tests 
so I know what is necessary.
Setting them up and use the results takes a lot of time.
I do not have time to do it for the FSFE 
as administrative things keep me busy.

> A simple usebility test should find somthing like 90% of all problems.

You need to work out what to test.

> The problem is not money, it's a problem of too little knowledge among
> programmers about this issue. 

I never said that it is a monetary problem.
We are lacking people with usability know-how and time to help.
Anybody feels like organising usability tests is welcome.


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