Table of Contents

VOLUME IX.3 May 2002

  • Editorial
    • Editorial

      Usability is the second most important property of a web site. Have I said that before? Well, I’ve said it again. It’s worth saying over and over again until everyone knows it. Forrester Research did a study of more than 8,500 people (user testing in the small? Hah!) on why…

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  • Research alerts
    • Consistency maintenance in real-time collaborative graphics editing systems

      Real-time collaborative graphics editing systems allow a group of users to view and edit the same graphics document concurrently from geographically dispersed sites connected by communication networks. The systems can be used in collaborative computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided software engineering (CASE) systems, electronic conferencing/meeting, and collaborative virtual environments. To…

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  • What's happening
    • Interaction design and children international workshop

      Interaction design and children international workshop 28-29 August 2002 Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands Keynote speakers Allison Druin Justine Cassel University of Maryland MIT Media Laboratoryer Theme Recent years have seen a growing research interest in children as users of technology and in design methods that will address their…

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  • Business
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  • Design
    • A photo history of SIGCHI

      The vibrant personality of the serious researchers, the passion of the competent practitioners, and the eagerness of energetic students shine through the photos, revealing their enthusiasm and excitement. The leadership role of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) is apparent in the…

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  • The whiteboard
    • Laid-off usability engineer, or why we don’t get no respect

      The Quandary Ask any manager in charge of developing interactive products or consumer Web sites about the importance of usability. The response is emphatic: "It’s critical to product success!" So you’d think usability engineers would be immune to the economic downturn. "They need us! They can’t live without us!" Yet…

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  • Book preview
    • Shaping web usability—-interaction design in context

      "If there is one book that should be open on every Web designer’s desk—this is it! Badre presents a comprehensive guide to the process of designing Web sites, complete with references to research studies, concrete examples, and lots of illustrations of Web pages that work and some that don’t work.…

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  • Reflections
    • Multimedia in 1938

      In 1945, Vannevar Bush wrote his famous paper "As we may think" [1]. He speculated on possible uses of current and foreseeable technology in information management on a vast scale, at a time when practically no mechanical assistance for such work existed. Bush makes no reference to any existing machine…

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  • Conference preview
    • DIS2002

      DIS2002 25-28 June 2002 The British Museum, Gt. Russell Street, London, UK Interactive systems are increasingly embedded in the ways we live and work. Technical boundaries are evolving in many directions, from designing products that individuals use, to designing socio-technical systems that groups and communities use. Yet even experienced organizations…

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  • Fast forward
    • Culture class vs. culture clash

      Cultures are expressed at work, at home, in schools, and in families through symbols, heroes, rituals, and values. Cultural anthropologists have studied similarities of and differences among cultures for decades. One theorist [8] summarizes the key dimensions of all cultures as follows: Power distance: a culture’s acceptance of great differences…

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