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XII.6 November + December 2005
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In this issue

Jonathan Arnowitz, Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson

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As the end of the year approaches we reflect back on our past issues and future concepts. In place of a special section for this issue, we're pleased to offer a year-end assortment of feature articles along with our regular columnists and departments.

Antti Oulasvirta illustrates some of the salient differences between observations in the lab and in real life in "The Fragmentation of Attention in Mobile Interaction—And What To Do With It" Another article on mobile media, "Mobile media sharing in large-scale events: Beyond MMS" by Giulio Jacucci and Antti Salovaara, discusses a new class of use for media messaging. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see this showing up soon as an option for your cell phone plan.

"Lost in Translation: Challenges of Multinational Testing" by Agnieszka Bojko, et al. covers usability testing in a globalized world; what international considerations need to be taken into account when trying to plan and conduct global usability testing? Taking a more non-traditional view of usability testing, "Come on Down! A Game Show Approach to Illustrating Usability Evaluation Methods" by Michael B. Twidale and Paul Marty shows us some low cost, high speed alternatives to the usability lab.

"UCD in Agile Projects: Dream Team or Odd Couple?" investigates process and policy in matching engineering and design efforts—and if you aren't already familiar with the agile terminology, you'll learn what a scrum is here. Finally, Jonathan Lazar contributes "Policy at the Interface: HCI and Public Policy," an update from the SIGCHI Public Policy committee.

We'd like to take the opportunity to announce a few changes in our continuing development of <interactions>. With sincere thanks for his contributions, we say goodbye and good wishes to William Hudson (HCI and the Web), and Hello! to Carolyn Gale as our new Research Editor: Welcome aboard!

We look forward to the January-February issue with special guest editor, Michael Arent of SAP Labs, who will host a special issue on the art, science, and dark magic of prototyping.

Jonathan Arnowitz and Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson


Submissions are sought for the March-April issue on "Offshoring" with special guest editor Eric Shaffer of Human Factors International. Contact Eric at if you would like to participate in the March-April issue.

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