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PUMA Footprints: linking theory and craft skill in usability evaluation

Blandford, A.E.; Butterworth, R.; Curzon, P.; (2001) PUMA Footprints: linking theory and craft skill in usability evaluation. In: Hirose, M., (ed.) Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT'01. (pp. pp. 577-584). IOS Press: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Green open access

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‘Footprints’ are marks or features of a design that alert the analyst to the possible existence of usability difficulties caused by violations of design principles. PUMA Footprints make an explicit link between the theory underlying a Programmable User Model and the design principles that can be derived from that theory. While principles are widely presented as being intuitively obvious, it is desirable that they should have a theoretical basis. However, working directly with theory tends to be time-consuming, and demands a high level of skill. PUMA footprints offer a theory-based justification for various usability principles, with guidelines on detecting violations of those principles.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:PUMA Footprints: linking theory and craft skill in usability evaluation
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.iospress.nl/html/9781586031886.php
Additional information:This book is the proceedings of INTERACT2001 held in Tokyo, in July 2001.
Keywords:PUM, cognitive modelling, design principles, guidelines, usability evaluation, craft skill
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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