Usability Test Results. Alahna Sergi. Site Description. Shakespeare Online http://www.shakespeare-online.com / The purpose of this website is to provide free and accurate information about William Shakespeare His life His works The context in which he wrote these works .
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Task 1: Identify the act, scene, line and speaker of the quote: “Tis but thy name that is my enemy.”
Task 2: Identify the setting of Act 2, Scene 1 of Macbeth
Task 3: When did Shakespeare write The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and As You Like It?
I was surprised that the first two users did not automatically use the search box to find the quote
When I first performed the task I followed the same path as User 3
Both Users 1 & 2 were slightly aggravated when they performed their first step and realized it would not help them complete task
All three users generally followed the same path to complete the task
They also finished task 2 faster than the other two tasks
It was the same path I followed when I first performed the task
When I performed this task, I followed the same path as User 2.
This part was tricky, since it did not state written, but performed
User 3 finished the fastest, but she did not read the note at the top of the page, and gave dates for first performed, which are the dates generally accepted as when they were written
The actual high school student performed each task faster than the two college students
This is most likely because User 3 is more accustomed to online resources
The full texts of the plays and sonnets are easily accessible from the sidebar
The search box provides accurate and relative results, while searching within the website
While the homepage has ascetic issues, it does provide links to essays and analysis
Since the dates given here, http://www.shakespeare-online.com/keydates/playchron.html, are generally accepted as the dates when Shakespeare wrote the play, it might be easier to understand if that is what it said, instead of performed.
Make the search box more prominent because it is somewhat hard to find
A website redesign, including more tabs on the side bar, might make the homepage easier to navigate.