I'm not the sort of person that reads editorials myself so I always feel a bit like a programmer designing a user interface when I write one. What motivates a person to read an editorial? What are their requirements? Well, this is the last time I have to confront myself with this conundrum. It is my last editorial for interactions.
As I said last issue, when I took on the editorship of interactions, I decided to do it for five years. Five years is a good length of time to learn what it is about, hopefully make a difference, and learn a new skill set. But I believe it's important not to stay too long, to let the publication continue developing, to give other people a chance, and to give oneself a chance to try something else.
Well, my first issue of interactions was in January 1998, so as you can see, I stayed on for a bit longer than I had planned. I hope you think that I have left interactions better than when I took it on; I am personally happy: It is a good-looking publication with a lot of excellent content and a large, faithful readership. And it's worth pointing out that almost all people involved with the production (including myself) are volunteers.
So let me take the opportunity to thank those people, above all executive editor Ken Korman and managing editor Marisa Campbell at ACM. They have been just great to work with. It has been disturbing to know, as I sit pulling my hair out close to deadlines, that there are two people downstream pulling even more hair out. As I always tried to remind them, at least they get paid for it! Thank you, Ken; thank you, Marisa!
The interactions column editors have also been a delight to work with. They are a team who slave away at producing interactions with no more reward in view than the annual thank-you dinner at CHI. Luckily that dinner has always been fun. Thank you, Aaron, Austin, David, Elizabeth, Kate, and Susan.
The editorial board meets annually at CHI as well. It is a large, distinguished group that keeps guard over interactions for the community at large, and have advised me on the directions interactions should be taking. There are too many to thank here by name, so check the masthead for their names.
And of course, thanks to all the authors and readers. Without you there would be no interactions!
What am I going to do now? Those of you who follow these things will know that I am chair of the World Wide Web Consortium HTML and Forms working groups that are producing XHTML and XForms. I have a hidden agenda of getting usability, accessibility and all the other things that are dear to us embedded in the architecture of the World Wide Web. I intend to spend more time on that, and hopefully write a book or two.
It's been a fun seven years; thank you all!
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