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RE: Accessibility & Usability Testing

From: Robert B. Yonaitis <ryonaitis@hisoftware.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 07:09:30 -0400
To: "'phoenixl'" <phoenixl@sonic.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005401c212ca$cacbe8d0$010010ac@Q45>

I hope this clarifies the subject even more:

> Hi, Rob
> 
> The posting helped to clarify the software.  A few more 
> questions came up for with regards to the software.  One is 
> how in the XQDF can conditions be specified for when to ask 
> certain questions depending on the answers to previous questions.

The XQF Is based on Question ID, The Final beta is complete and the
first release should be tomorrow at noon. The XQDF Allows for
Conditional Defines allowing for flow control based on, hmmmm, let's see
if I can make this easy

If QuestionID=Not Answered then NextID=Question ID Else next in flow

> 
> A second question is how does the person doing the interview 
> indicate that a question was skipped and why the question had 
> to be skipped?


Not Answered or Let's say there is a customQueston:

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[ ] Novice
[ ] Beginner
[ ] Intermediate
[ ] Expert
[ ] Geek
[ ] None of the above
[ ] I am skipping this one


> Another feature I use when creating interviewing software is 
> to provide for the ability to enter text related to the 
> answers and to also choose from checkboxes various 
> characterizations of the text answers.  The advantage to this 
> is that it facilitates retrieval from database when 
> analyzing answers.  This helps avoid the problem of computers 
> poorly understanding the concepts represented in text, 
> especially small blocks of text.  How would XQDF allow for 
> specifications of characterizations of text related to the answer?

That is up to the developer of the Question. There is a capability of
allowing for related comments/text to any question. If used it can
easily be queried from the open database or the XML Question/Answer
File. The XQAF file or DB for a Project or Project group has the concept
of a team or group of test takers for a particular subject/Object. The
Answers are keyed to provide rapid comparison of answers and sorting by
answer or category.

Probably more important is that this whole system is developed to allow
the tester to extend our solution in any way they can dream up the XQDF
"File/Language" allows the user to script out how the Usability
Interview will proceed for quick and effective test creation.

As a side note, Value Added Add-Ons the AccVerify Usability Test Manager
were created with the AccVerify Software Developers Kit.

AccVerify Usability Test Manager Press Release
Press Release: http://www.hisoftware.com/press/accutm.html
Product Information: http://www.hisoftware.com/access/valueadd.html
Developers Home: http://www.hisoftware.com/developer/accproducts.html

Sample source code is available that shows how Developers can extend our
base code/objects to create their own extension to our accessibility and
usability products.

I Hope this helps, if you have any further questions please feel free to
write!

Regards,
Rob Yonaitis
HiSoftware






 
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