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Internet-based research: providing a foundation for web-design guidelines

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5 Author(s)
J. H. Spyridakis ; Dept. of Tech. Commun., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA ; C. Wei ; J. Barrick ; E. C. Uddihy
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In this article, we propose that remote, internet-based studies of real users interacting with real websites on their own computers at a time and place convenient for them will provide a solid empirical base from which researchers can extrapolate reliable and valid web-design guidelines. After a discussion of research methods that have been used to support the principles that underlie web-design guidelines, we review some of the methodological issues associated with internet-based research and tools for supporting such work. Given advances in technology, the multitude of users online, and emerging technologies with new interfaces, the time has come for technical communication researchers to enter the arena of internet-based research and conduct remote experiments to support the web-design guidelines that they espouse.

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 3 )