LIS 640 - Wizards
When a Wizard May Help
- Users want to accomplish a goal that has many steps
- Users lack the necessary domain knowledge.
- Users must complete steps in a specific sequence.
When a Wizard May Not Help
- The audience is too advanced.
- The wizard doesn't solve the problem
(or solves a problem that users don't generally have).
- The designer wants to teach.
- There was not time to test the wizard.
Traits of Successful Wizards
(usability for changing initial choices).
(users know what the wizard does and when it is finished).
- Bridging of gaps in users' understanding
of how to accomplish tasks with the software.
- Clarity of inputs.
- Predictability of outputs.
Last updated October 25, 2001.
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