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Effects of AJAX Technology on the Usability of Blogs

  • Sumonta Kasemvilas
  • Daniel Firpo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5618)

Abstract

AJAX can enhance Web applications by updating a part of the Web page instead of the whole page. This change of technology relates to a usability issue. We used WordPress 2.3 to create two versions of blogs: non-AJAX and AJAX. Then we conducted an experiment by giving a task scenario to eight participants. We collected performance data by recording users’ mouse movements during the experiment and collected preference data by providing a questionnaire after the tasks. Finally, we conducted post-experiment interviews to gather participants’ experiences. The quantitative results show that AJAX did not improve users’ performances the first time they used it, while qualitative interviews demonstrate participants’ satisfaction with AJAX blogs.

Keywords

AJAX Blog Ease of Learning Efficiency of Use Error Frequency and Severity Experiment Satisfaction Usability WordPress 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sumonta Kasemvilas
    • 1
  • Daniel Firpo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Systems and TechnologyClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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