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A usability design checklist for Mobile electronic data capturing forms: the validation process By Dr Alice Mugisha

A usability design checklist for Mobile electronic data capturing forms: the validation process.ew Specific Application Domain (SAD) heuristics or design principles are being developed to guidethe design and evaluation of mobile applications in a bid to improve on the usability of these applications. This isbecause the existing heuristics are rather generic and are often unable to reveal a large number of mobile usabilityissues related to mobile specific interfaces and characteristics. Mobile Electronic Data Capturing Forms (MEDCFs) areone of such applications that are being used to collect health data particularly in hard to reach areas, but with a numberof usability challenges especially when used in rural areas by semi literate users. Existing SAD design principles are oftennot used to evaluate mobile forms because their focus on features specific to data capture is minimal. In addition, someof these lists are extremely long rendering them difficult to use during the design and development of the mobileforms. The main aim of this study therefore was to generate a usability evaluation checklist that can be used to designand evaluate Mobile Electronic Data Capturing Forms in a bid to improve their usability. We also sought to compare thenovice and expert developers’views regarding usability criteria.

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