Getting Started / OverviewFirst, we recommend that you read the Overview page to get a general idea of the functionalities supported and how the HCI Browser works in practice.
Download and InstallNext, you can follow the instructions on the Download page to install the HCI Browser. As described on the download page, we highly recommend that you create a new Firefox profile to use to test out the HCI Browser.
ConfigurationThe HCI Browser requires a directory called "hcibrowser" to be present on the desktop. This directory should be in all lower-case and should be located on the main desktop (i.e. not in a sub-folder).
There are four main configuration files that can be placed in the hcibrowser folder:
Each of these will be described in detail below. Note that all these files are text files and should be created in a text-editor such as Notepad (not a word processor).
Example pretask.txt file
01 MultipleChoice 02 3 03 What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 04 Vanilla 05 Chocolate 06 Strawberry 07 --- 08 LikertType 09 5 10 Ice cream is one of my favorite foods. 11 Strongly agree 12 Agree 13 Neutral 14 Disagree 15 Strongly disagree 16 --- 17 OpenAnswer 18 What toppings do you like to put on your ice cream? 19 ---
Example tasks.txt File
01 How tall is the U.S. capital building in Washington, DC? 02 1 03 What is being done to help reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.? 04 1 05 What are some reported causes of global warming?Each task has two lines. The first line specifies the text of the task. The second line indicates the maximum number of answers that can be submitted for that task. In a future version of the HCI Browser, we also plan to implement a minimum number of answers that will be specified on this line also.
Running the programAfter installing the extension, the HCI Browser will start automatically when Firefox is started. If for some reason the program crashes or hangs, you can exit Firefox and restart. The start-up screen allows you to enter a starting task number so that if needed, you can re-start a participant at the task they left off at after a crash.
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