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Applying usability principles to the design of a web interface for the “iLab - Inventory Manager for Electronics Laboratory”

Raquel Pinho
University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering
Portugal

Armando Sousa
University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering
Portugal

André Restivo
University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering
Portugal

Abstract:
This paper presents a case study of an existing web application of inventory management for electronics laboratories, accounting for usability principles and best practices for user interface design. The iLab project efficiently manages the inventory, requests, users (borrowings, purchases, etc.) and associated historic and workflow information. This enables users to queue requests and track their status. Usability for such application is critical for the success. A web based interface is to be designed using usability principles, making sure all end-users use the application in an intuitive and effective way. To achieve these goals the study consisted on three phases: plan, analyze, design and, test and refine. After this study it has been concluded that with this methodology developers are able to create more user-friendly and efficient applications.

 

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