Designing Usable Electronic Text: Ergonomic Aspects Of Human Information Usage

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CRC Press, Apr 13, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 206 pages
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Electronic documents offer the possibility of presenting virtually unlimited amounts of information to readers in forms which can be rapidly searched and structured to suit their needs. However, poor design and a failure to consider the user often combine to compromise the realization of this potential.; In this book, Dillon examines the issues involved in designing usable electronic documents from the perspective of the designer. It examines the human issues underlying information usage and emphasizes the issue of usability as the main problem in the electronic medium's failure to gain mass acceptance. In an attempt to provide a relevant description of the reading process that supports a more informed view of the issues, a series of studies examining readers and their views as well as uses of texts is reported. The results lead to the proposal of a user-centred framework that provides a broad qualitative model of the important issues for designers to consider when developing an electronic document.; "Designing Usable Electronic Text" focuses attention on aspects that are central to usability, and concludes with an analysis of the likely uses of such a framework and the realistic potential for electronic documents.
  

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Contents

Electronic documents as usable artefacts
11
So what do we know?
28
Describing the reading process at an appropriate level
59
the context of use
72
Capturing process data on reading
87
Information as a structured space
105
A framework for the design of electronic texts
121
conclusions and prospects
162
References
176
Example protocol for reader
187
Index
193
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