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Title:User friendly future: Applications of new information technology
Author(s):Smith, Linda C.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
User interfaces (Computer systems) Design
Abstract:This paper considers the clinic theme, "What Is User Friendly?" from a scientific and technical perspective. As Burch has observed in the introduction to a bibliography on computer ergonomics and user friendly design, the term user friendly is an anomaly as a technical term: "Most words borrowed from science enter the popular language stream long after their associated discoveries have become history. The term 'user friendly' is an exception to this rule; it became popular long before a scientific basis for 'user friendliness' had even been looked for." 1 The current emphasis on user friendliness is both market- and technology-driven. There is an interest in making computers more useful tools for people who are not computer specialists, thus expanding the potential user population; and there are new technological components that may be employed to make systems easier to use.
Issue Date:1986
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Lancaster, F.W. (ed). (1986) What is user friendly? : Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 108-118.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (23rd : 1986)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Copyright 1986 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-05-23

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