Testing Web Navigation for All: An Agent-Based Approach

  • Martin González
  • Marcos González
  • Cristóbal Rivera
  • Ignacio Pintado
  • Agueda Vidau
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4061)


Laboratory navigability testing is a powerful technique to obtain a picture of the user’s mental representation of the navigation model of a web site. However, bringing volunteers to the laboratory to test our prototypes is quite expensive and even impossible for certain users with specific interaction needs. Since the tests are performed using equipments different from those employed by the real user, the impact that the computer performance has on navigation is missed. In this paper we propose a remote testing approach, performing navigability testing in the user’s home, employing special silent data-gathering software agents, which are able to measure the user accuracy when performing navigation tasks.


Handicapped User Navigation Model Navigation Speed Data Gathering Process Remote Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin González
    • 1
  • Marcos González
    • 1
  • Cristóbal Rivera
    • 1
  • Ignacio Pintado
    • 1
  • Agueda Vidau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe Human Communication and Interaction Research Group, University of OviedoOviedoSpain

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