There is a lot of information about best techniques and patterns you can follow when design a web application. Following guidelines from experts will likely lead towards creating an effective web application, but what exactly is effective and how this transfer to a web-based calculator? At DYCALC we start planning your effective web calculator by following these 3 best practices.
A website calculator needs to allow users to easily input data and customize it so that they get easily the information they need. Interactive, highly visual calculators enable the end-users to perform basic analytical tasks, such as filtering the views, drilling down and examining underlying data – all with little training. Users need to be able to literally get the big picture from the calculator that everyone sees and then be able to drill down into a view that tells them what they need finally to know.
Calculator’s results must be easy to read. This is a case where a picture really is worth a thousand words. The process of comprehension and insight is dramatically faster with visualizations. Instead of users pondering how to read and interpret the results, they can actually focus on what the final results in the calculator are telling. A well-designed, highly visual web calculator will be more widely adopted by end-users.
Making the custom calculators easily accessible is critical. Web integration is ideal – especially if your calculators can constantly pull current data and adhere to IT protocols and security standards.