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Usability Evaluation of OpenWeb Transcoding

Research centre
Communication and Computing Research Centre

Date
2008

Openwave

Empirical research aiming at supporting the design and assessment of a transcoding service to enhance mobile phone internet browsing

A series of small scale, relatively rapid, evaluation studies have been carried out focusing on the comparative assessment of alternative transcoding approaches.

The team has focused upon the manner in which Web pages have to be transformed to work effectively on low resolution traditional mobile phones. In these cases a simple map or table can be presented in a highly distorted manner. Up to date, results illustrate how little trust people place in mobile technology and the importance of ensuring that people can still recognise websites they value.

These studies have informed the design of OpenWeb transcoding and help the research team to develop a number of easily efficient empirical assessment methods for mobile browsing.

Researchers involved

Dr Chris Roast - Reader in HCI and Knowledge Transfer Lead (Digital and Design)

Dr Eleanor Lockley - Research Fellow & Associate Lecturer

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