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Examining User Expectations for the Location of Common E-Commerce Web Objects

By Michael Bernard According to Keenan Vision Inc. (2001), business-to-customer online purchase revenue is expected to top 180 billion US dollars for the year 2002. By the year 2004, it is expected to grow to 300 billion US dollars. Clearly

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Paging vs. Scrolling: Looking for the Best Way to Present Search Results

By Michael Bernard, Ryan Baker, & Marissa Fernandez Web designers are constantly confronted with the problem of displaying large amounts of information in confined spaces. To deal with this designers usually have two options, either present the information on one

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Online Groceries and Textbooks: Is E-Shopping the Answer for Today’s College Student?

By Barbara Chaparro, T. St. Romain, & R. Hacker In our last issue of Usability News, we reported on the trials and tribulations of shopping on the web for electronics, discount items, and toys (Chaparro, Childs, Praheswari, & Rappard, Winter/2001).

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What is the Best Layout for Multiple-Column Web Pages?

Michael Bernard & Laurie Larsen An important issue regarding the physical layout of a web page is the use of space or in this case, how the contents of a web page should be placed within the confines of a

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Exploring How the Elderly Use the Web

By Loren Groff, Corrina Liao, Barbara Chaparro, & Alex Chaparro The fastest growing segment of the US population is persons over the age of 65, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census (1996). With the growing use of computers

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