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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
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/766
ISBN: 0-87845-072-6
ISSN: 0069-4789
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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