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Human Factors for Informatics Usability - B. Shackel

Human Factors for Informatics Usability

By: B. Shackel (Editor), S.J. Richardson (Editor)

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Published: 22nd February 1991
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Human factors are a critical issue in informatics or information technology systems as the computer industry realizes the need to change from technology-dominated goals to the needs of computer users. The study of human factors can help to improve the usability of information systems and to help reduce the huge costs of human-computer interactions. However, information technology equipment is not easy to use. Even specialists in computing and information technology have difficulty with equipment produced by other experts. This book shows how knowledge and methods from the field of ergonomics can be used to help make information technology equipment easier to use. The principal audience is the many designers, software and hardware engineers, system design managers, management service managers, and user managers who are now becoming aware of the importance of usability. This book provides not only an introduction and overview but guidance on what they can do and how they can approach the problems of usability in informatics equipment.

Preface
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Informatics Usability - Background and Overview
Human factors for informatics usability - background and overview
Usability - context, framework, definition, design and evaluation
The business case for human factors in informatics
System Design - Orientation and Approaches
Human factors contributions to the design process
Helping the IT designer to use human factors
Interface design issues for the system designer
An approach to formalised procedures for user-centred system design
Special Topics in Depth
The contributions of applied cognitive psychology to the study of human-compute interaction
Formal models and techniques in human-computer interaction
Designing expert systems for usability
Organisational Aspects and Design in Large Systems
Organisational issues and task analysis
Participation in systems design - what can it offer?
Towards a human factors strategy for information technology
Design and Evaluation - Some Specific Methods
A taxonomy and rule base for the selection of interaction styles
Designing and evaluating documentation for IT users
Evaluating usability
References
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521365703
ISBN-10: 0521365708
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 22nd February 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82