Centennial Testing 01 Instructions

Thank you for taking the time to test the new design of NPS.gov. Our team has tested the sites quite a bit with different devices but would like your help to make sure that everything is working correctly on a broader scale.

We really want to test on phones and tablets so if you have one, please use it. If you don’t, we also would appreciate feedback on how the site is working on desktop and laptops.

The test period will run from March 29 -April 4, 2016. If you can't participate, no worries. This rollout is just the first phase of our Centennial improvements. We plan to release more changes to the site and also need to do some additional usability testing which will require your help.

Task Description

There are 26 test cases in this task each taking a minute or two to complete. For each task you’ll be asked to visit a URL where you’ll do something like play a video or perform a search. Each task is designed to test a specific piece of the new design to make sure it’s working as it should. You’ll use the response form to let us know what’s going on.

Recording Responses

For each test case you’ll record your response on this form as either “pass” (all is good) or “fail” (something is broken). Each time you enter a test you’ll also enter what device you are using, operating system, and browser. We do realize that entering this every time is a bit cumbersome but it also allows you to leave and come back to finish at a later time. You can also do the same test with different devices if you feel like it. The more information you provide the better the site will be.

Test Cases

On Homepage

  1. Go to https://www.nps.gov/. There should be a green banner at the top of the page celebrating the NPS’ 100th birthday. Click the X button to dismiss the banner. Close the browser and reopen it to this page. The banner should appear.

  2. Go to https://www.nps.gov/. Click on the search icon in the top black band. Perform a search for “bears” ALL NPS. Do you see results?

  3. Go to https://www.nps.gov/. Scroll to the FIND A PARK by State pick list. Select a state. Does it go to the appropriate state page?

  4. Go to https://www.nps.gov/. Scroll down until you see the blue National Park Foundation promotional image. Click on “Subscribe”. Does it take you to the NPF website to subscribe?

Teacher Page

  1. Go to https://www.nps.gov/teachers/index.htm. Perform a search that involves selecting choices from the drop downs. Do you see results?

On a Park Page

  1. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad. Click on the Info icon. Does it take you to the Basic Information page for the park?

  2. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm. You will see a series of expandable sections. As you click through each section do you see anything obviously broken or displaying incorrectly? Do the expandable/collapsible sections work as you expect?

  3. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. Do you see alerts displayed (“Danger”, “Caution” and/or “Information” alerts)?

  4. Go to https://www.nps.gov/whsa. Click on the Alerts icon. Does it open/close the Alerts box?

  5. For non-mobile devices only! Go to https://www.nps.gov/whsa. In the Alerts box click Dismiss X to dismiss the alerts. Click on the Calendar icon which takes you to the permits page. Does the alerts box display?

  6. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/. Scroll down through the featured content (“Current Conditions, Camping, and Acadia’s Centennial”) stopping before you get to the row of 4 across the bottom (or 4 stacked on mobile devices—the first of which is “Take a Hike: Hiking in Acadia”). Do the images and text of this feature content in the middle portion of the homepage all look legible and well formatted?

  7. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/. Scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a row (or column in mobile devices) of 4 connected images, the first of which is “Take a Hike: Hiking in Acadia”. Do the images and text of these four content promotions all look legible and well formatted?

  8. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/. Scroll down to the Stay Connected section. Click on “Facebook”. Did a pop-up letting you know you are leaving NPS.gov appear?

  9. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/. As you look over the content on the page in general, do you see anything obviously broken or displaying incorrectly?

  10. Go to https://www.nps.gov/acad/. Navigate to the park’s Plan Your Visit page using the navigation. Were you sent to that page?

  11. While still on the https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/index.htm page, notice if the rotating image is functioning properly. Can you read the text over each image? Can you navigate to images using the small square controls on mobile devices?

  12. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/news/index.htm. Can you scroll through the news items, select one of the news titles, and read the details?

  13. https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm. Scroll down to the list of videos and click on Aurora Clip. Can you play the video and both see the video and hear the audio?

  14. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/photosmultimedia/yourstory.htm. Can you play the “Greetings and Instructions” audio file using the player? Are working audio players displaying for all of the other audio files on the page?

  15. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/nature/denali.htm. Do the image at the top of the page, the description of that image, and the credit for that image all look legible and well formatted?

  16. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/education/classrooms/curriculummaterials.htm. Can you use the search interface to find a lesson plan about “bears”? Are the search results displayed in a legible manner?

  17. Go to https://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/education/classrooms/carrying-capacity.htm. Is all text legible and non-overlapping? Did the image resize to fit your screen? Can you navigate to Part 2 and Part 3 in the “Procedures” section?

  18. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/calendar.htm. In the search interface, enter a start date of April 1 and an end date of April 30, 2016.. Select “Show Results”. Did the search return results? Are those results legible?

  19. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/. Scroll to the park footer area starting with “Contact the Park”. Click on Email Us. Are you able to see/scroll through the entire form?

  20. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/espanol/index.htm. Do the page content and images look legible and formatted correctly?

  21. Go to https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/maps.htm. Did an interactive map display near the top of the content portion of the page? Can you zoom in and out? Can you pan around the map?

Last updated: March 30, 2016