oa South African Journal of Information Management - Usability and usefulness of ergonomics Web sites : a preliminary investigation

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



This study was a preliminary investigation into the usability and usefulness of three broad Web site categories relating to the field of ergonomics, namely commercial, non-profit and reference sites. A random sample of 14 Web users, all from varied academic disciplines and with differing levels of knowledge of the field of ergonomics, voluntarily participated in this study. Three Web category-specific questionnaires were developed that evaluated ease of navigation, Web site usefulness and user background. A comparative analysis of ergonomics Web sites was also done. Subjects were required to rate Web sites based on a 5-point personal rating scale for 12 questions. Results from this study allowed for basic recommendations for Web developers and Webmasters involved in Ergonomics Web site design.

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