Aga Bojko's article entitled "Using Eye Tracking to Compare Web Page Designs: A Case Study" was published in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Usability Studies (Volume 1, Issue 3).
A proposed design for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Web site was evaluated against the original design in terms of the ease with which the right starting points for key tasks were located and processed. The report focuses on the eye tracking methodology that accompanied other conventional usability practices used in the evaluation.
Twelve ASCO members were asked to complete several search tasks using each design. Performance measures such as click accuracy and time on task were supplemented with eye movements which allowed for an assessment of the processes that led to both the failures and the successes.
The report details three task examples in which eye tracking helped diagnose errors and identify the better of the two designs (and the reasons for its superiority) when both were equally highly successful. Advantages and limitations of the application of eye tracking to design comparison are also discussed.