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Planning Your Next Vacation: Orbitz, Expedia, or Travelocity?

By Barbara Chaparro & Ashley Gibson After lots of hype and controversy, Orbitz.com, a new travel website developed by five airlines, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and United, was launched and has since been a fierce competitor to Expedia.com and Travelocity.com.

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Should You Check In Your Textbooks and Check Out an eBook?

By Paula Selvidge, Angie Fryman, & Shannon Riley The development of the electronic book (eBook) has offered an alternative to the traditional printed text medium. The advantages of the eBook, such as increased storage capacity (10-250 texts per eBook), decreased

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Practicing What We Preach? A Usability Evaluation of the HFES Proceedings CD-ROM

By Ryan Baker When it comes to conferences, traditional paper proceedings are quickly being replaced by their electronic counterparts. The annual conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is no exception. Last year’s 2000 conference proceedings were available solely

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Online Shopping: TV’s, Toasters, and Toys! Oh My!

By Barbara Chaparro, Sarah Childs, Yuni Praheswari, & Amber Rappard Shopping online has been described to be a convenient and pleasant experience when a website is easy to use. It has also been reported to be horrific when users have

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Before and After: How Can You Show Your New Website is Better?

By Paula Selvidge You have been assigned the task of conducting a comparative usability test to determine whether your company’s new website is better than the previous version of the website. The first question to consider is what defines BETTER.

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