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Testing protocol

Facilitator should encourage user to think aloud throughout the testing process:

  1. A screenshot of the previously tested, implemented PMT is used to transition to the PCP. User is instructed to close the window. 
  2. Upon closing the PMT, an instructional overlay and/or accompanying audio (spoken by the facilitator) are provided to the user. Instructions display two methods for opening a tool which provides quick access to preference adjustment (entering keyboard command or selecting the hot corner). If the instructions are not understood by the user, the facilitator rephrases the purpose of the PCP. Wording the user understands is made note of by the facilitator. Possible rephrasing:
    1. You can now open another tool which will allow you to make quick adjustments to your preferences. 
    2. Opening this tool will provide you with a way to modify your settings. 
    3. This tool will provide you with quick access to the preferences so that you can change them as you go.
  3. Depending on the method chosen by the user to open the PCP, the relevant PCP configuration is brought up:
    1. keyboard shortcut opens the key control configuration
    2. top left hot corner opens the side panel configuration 
  4. The user's initial reaction to the interface of the PCP is observed. Of particular note would be any comparisons made between the interface of the PCP and the PMT, e.g. how the preferences are presented to the user in the PCP vs. the PMT.
  5. At this point in the testing the user is free to explore and use the PCP.  Navigation and adjustment of preferences is observed. If necessary, the user is prompted to make an adjustment to a specific preference, or to navigate to a preference that is not immediately available. Possible facilitator prompts are listed below.  The wording understood by the user is recorded by the facilitator. Where possible, the facilitator chooses at least one option from each adjuster group below:
    1. sliders
      1. increase the size to make the text easier to read (text size only in panel and mobile configuration)
      2. quite down the audio (volume only in panel and mobile configuration)
    2. +/- input field
      1. increase the size to make the text easier to read (text size only in key control configuration)
      2. zoom in closer (magnification level only after magnifier is turned on)
    3. on/off toggle
      1. zoom in, so that the window are larger (magnifier)
      2. watch a video with text descriptions for the dialog (captions)
    4. radio buttons
      1. change the colours to white on black (contrast)
  6. Mockups reflect the live visual feedback a user recieves upon modifying a preference - if feedback is audio, facilitator communicates what would happen to the user (e.g. sound plays from volume level change). 
  7. User is asked to close the preference editor, then reopen it. User can switch between PCP configurations if they choose an alternative method of reopening the PCP. If user chooses an alternative method to open the PCP, reaction to new PCP presentation is made note of by the facilitator. 
  8. When the user is done tweaking preferences they are asked "When you wish to keep these adjustments to use later on other devices, how would you do this?" - if necessary  question is rephrased until user understands the purpose of the action. Wording user understands is made note of by the facilitator. Possible alternative wording:
    1. How would you save the preferences to the cloud?
    2. How would you store all the changes you have made so you can apply them to other devices (e.g. to a public computer)?
    3. How would you keep these settings so that you can use them later on another computer?

 

 

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Instructional screen 

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Instructional overlay appears upon closing the PMT for the first time. 

 

Key control configuration

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Opened through keyboard shortcut. Left/right arrow keys used to navigate through preferences. Up/down arrow keys used to modify preference values.  Number values could be inputed for the '+/- input field' adjuster. Alternatively user can click on the interactives to navigate/modify preferences.

Pressing tab moves focus to 'open full editor' button. Opening the PMT, pressing escape key, or switching application focus exits the PCP. 

 

Side panel configuration

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Opened through side panel configuration. 

Mouse navigation
  • slider: handle is dragged to adjust the value - alternatively user can target a specific spot on the slider or use side icons to adjust the value
  • radio-buttons: clicking on a contrast theme changes the value
  • on/off toggle: clicking or dragging changes the value
  • +/- input field: clicking on +/- buttons changes the value

Clicking on another application exits the PCP. 

Keyboard navigation

User tabs through each adjuster, starting with the 'open full editor button'. 

  • slider: up or right arrow keys used to increase the value and down or left used to decrease
  • radio-buttons: up or right arrow keys used to move selection to the right and down or left to move to the left
  • on/off toggle: space or enter toggle the value
  • +/- input field: up or right arrow keys used to increase the value and down or left used to decrease. Number values could also be inputed.

Opening the PMT, pressing escape key, or switching application focus exits the PCP. 

 

Mobile configuration

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Open through swiping from the bottom up. Swiping up or down loops through available preferences.
Modifying preference values
  • slider: handle is dragged to adjust the value - alternatively user can tap side icons to adjust the value.
  • radio-buttons: swiping left or right loops through contrast themes
  • on/off toggle:  tapping or dragging changes the value

Tapping or swiping outside the PCP closes the panel.

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