I'm asked to deliver a website ergonomics analysis, and would like to get to know how you do it? And what tools do you use to analyze the page itself?

I usually use 3M Vas to analyze a page, but I'm not sure that it's results are 100% true.

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  • Ergonomy probably isn't the right word in English. There's an answer already on here about usability heuristics - which covers the rules of thumb about good website design.
    – PhillipW
    Dec 9, 2011 at 10:10
  • @PhillipW Cognitive ergonomics (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_ergonomics) is indeed a term but oddly not one used much in UX and often not so much in HCI either. Usability is usually the general term used.
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:01
  • What could be the correct term for it? Dec 12, 2011 at 9:52

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It all depends on the situation. In what environment will the website mainly be accessed? Ergonomy analysis should be a part of a context-of-use analysis.

Ask yourself following series of questions:

  • In what technical environment will the website be accessed?
    • Hardware (what type of device will be used? Desktop, notebook without a mouse?, tablet, mobile etc?
    • Software (Chrome? IE without javascript turned on?)
    • Network (modem, a louse mobile mobile network? etc)
  • Psysical environment (where will the website be used?. In the woods, during the winter with gloves on? In bright sunlight?) Consider these conditions:
    • Workplace conditions
      • Atmospheric conditions
      • Auditory environment
      • Thermal environment
      • Visual environment
      • Environmental instability
    • Workplace design (will the website be used in a catepillar? In the sofa? During a crowded bumpy train ride) Think about:
      • Space and furniture
      • User posture
      • Location
    • Workplace safety
      • Health hazards
      • Protective clothing and equipment

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