Heuristic evaluation is where a group of usability experts scrutinize a website and evaluate each element of the site against a list of commonly accepted principles or rules of thumb. They apply their training and experience to conduct independent evaluations. Research shows that such evaluations can identify a majority of the usability problems, with the problem-identification percentage increasing as evaluators are added. The major drawback of heuristic evaluation is that evaluators, regardless of their skill and experience, remain surrogate users (expert evaluators who emulate users) and not necessarily typical users of the product. For more information see: Heuristic Evaluation.
A method of finding usability problems in a system by using a few trained usability specialists to systematically analyze the system against a list of heuristics.
a user interface critiquing process carried out by experts with reference to a shared set of usability guidelines oruser interface design heuristics
a formal review of an interface (or interface design document) that is conducted by a group of trained experts in the field of usability engineering
a technique that entails the formal review of an application with experts in usability and interface design to determine whether the application is aligned with recognized and established standards for graphical user interfaces
a usability testing technique in which the user interface is reviewed by experts and it's compliance to usability heuristics is assessed and any violating aspects are recorded
A method for structuring the evaluation of a system using a set of simple and general rules.
A method for evaluating the usability level of a website. Generally based on Jakob Nielsenâ€™s 10 Usability Heuristics, and includes such things as error prevention, time to complete tasks, and the ease of use of a website.
A heuristic evaluation is a usability evaluation method for computer software that helps to identify usability problems in the user interface (UI) design. It specifically involves evaluators examining the interface and judging its compliance with recognized usability principles (the "heuristics"). These evaluation methods are now widely taught and practiced in the New Media sector, where UIs are often designed in a short space of time on a budget that may restrict the amount of money available to provide for other types of interface testing.