WWW Map Site Evaluation
To improve the effectiveness of "maps on the net," issues of map quality and map interaction need to be addressed. The following areas of evaluation have been identified:
- Human-Computer Interface
- degree of interaction - Are hyper-link elements embedded?
- intuitiveness of interaction - Is the linking structure "transparent?"
- suitable form of interaction - Is the method of interaction appropriate for the purpose of the map?
- customization - Are options implemented for more sophisticated forms of interaction, especially for the advanced user?
- advanced interface elements - Are menus or forms implemented?
- interaction with legend and scale - Is interaction implemented with other parts of the map?
- Graphic Attributes
- layout and design - Are the maps well layed-out and designed?
- indicatation of scale - Is the scale given, either directly or indirectly?
- use of color - Are appropriate colors used on the map, especially for the depiction of quantitative data?
- legibility of text - Is the text legible on the screen?
- appropriate size - Is the map presented at an appropriate size?
- meta-data included - projection-type, source of data, etc.
- Cartographic Function
- Is the overall display effective?
- Does the display achieve its objective?
- Is the use of animation explored?