TIP-EXE

The TIP-EXE software

The TIP-EXE software (Technical Instructions Processing – Evaluations and eXperiments Editor) is designed both for studies into how procedural documents are used and understood, and for the ergonomic evaluation of their content. To this end, TIP-EXE is distributed free of charge to researchers who study the use and understanding of procedural documents, as well as to technical writers or usability specialists who evaluate the quality of these documents.

TIP-EXE can be used to study how procedural instructions are read, and the time spent consulting information contained therein. To this end, TIP-EXE registers the reading path followed by the user, as well as the duration he or she spends reading or checking the instructions. This allows researchers to either compare two sets of instructions that contain the same information presented in different material formats (e.g., one set of instructions composed of text only and the other of both text and pictures) or to study the effect of information presentation on the user’s reading path (e.g., how the layout of a page influences the way in which it is read).

The software displays an on-screen example of printed operating instructions, certain zones of which, specified a priori by the researcher or the ‘evaluator’ (such as a usability specialist), are blurred. By clicking on these zones in order to read them, the user activates a timer that registers his or her reading path and the time spent consulting each zone.

Download TIP-EXE

To download TIP-EXE, please contact franck.ganier[at]univ-brest.fr to receive a download address and a password. Please indicate your name, your institution, and the use that will be made of TIP-EXE.

References

  • Ganier, F., & Querrec, R. (2012). TIP-EXE: A software tool for studying the use and understanding of procedural documents. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 55, 2, 1-15.
  • Ganier, F., Hoareau, C., & Querrec, R. Assessment of cognitive workload while processing mismatching instructions for use : A TIP-EXE study. Training School “Enhancing the future of professional writing : Research and tools”. Brest (France), 21-23 June 2011.
  • Querrec, R., & Ganier, F. : TIP-EXE: Technical Instructions Processing – Evaluations and eXperiments Editor. Training School “Enhancing the future of professional writing : Research and tools”. Brest (France), 21-23 June 2011.
  • Ganier, F., Hoareau, C., & Querrec, R. (2011). Assessment of cognitive load while processing mismatching instructions for use : An experiment with TIP-EXE. COST ERN-LWE Workshop. Potsdam (Germany), 4-6 April 2011.
  • Querrec, R., & Ganier, F. (2011). TIP-EXE: Technical Instructions Processing – Evaluations and eXperiments Editor. COST ERN-LWE Workshop. Potsdam (Germany), 4-6 April 2011.
  • Ganier, F., & Querrec, R. (2009). TIP-EXE : Logiciel pour l’évaluation de documents complexes. Journées de Printemps du GDR CNRS 3169 Psycho-Ergo. Nantes, 26-27 march 2009.
  • Ganier, F., & Querrec, R. (2008). TIP-EXE : Editeur d’eXpériences et d’évaluations de documents procéduraux. Colloque De la France au Québec : l’écriture dans tous ses états. Poitiers, 12-15 november 2008.