4.11. Usability Evaluation of Web Mapping Sites

  1. Martin Dodge1,
  2. Rob Kitchin2 and
  3. Chris Perkins1
  1. Annu-Maaria Nivala,
  2. Stephen Brewster and
  3. Tiina Sarjakoski

Published Online: 24 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch49

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

How to Cite

Nivala, A.-M., Brewster, S. and Sarjakoski, T. (2011) Usability Evaluation of Web Mapping Sites, in The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation (eds M. Dodge, R. Kitchin and C. Perkins), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch49

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742839

Online ISBN: 9780470979587

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Keywords:

  • usability evaluation of web mapping sites;
  • shifts towards online geovisualisation - entailing radically different map designs;
  • user-centred design - financial benefits for system developer;
  • usability evaluations of on-screen maps;
  • identifying potential usability problems - with web mapping sites;
  • usability evaluation tasks;
  • usability problems - found from different evaluation methods;
  • design guideline 1 - the user interface;
  • zooming, problematic - when there were neither steps nor animation;
  • error situations - being inevitable with map sites

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Editors' overview

  • Introduction

  • Method

  • Results

  • Usability problems and design guideline suggestions

  • Discussion and conclusions

  • References

  • Further reading

  • See also