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  1.8 Usability Inspection
 

Usability inspection is a review of users’ potential task performance with a product. It was designed to help engineers to review a product and find a large number of usability defects. Usability inspection methods involve expert evaluators only, who inspect the user interface in order to find out possible usability problems, provide judgments based on their knowledge, and make recommendations for fixing the problems and improving the usability of the application. It is very similar to the code inspection methods with which software developers are familiar. It is carried out by the engineer designing the product and a team of peers, looking for defects.

In Usability Inspection approach, usability specialists and sometimes software developers, users and other professionals examine usability related aspects of a user interface. Commonly used Inspection methods are:

   
 
   
 
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