The practice of HCI is mainly still an art form. The practice of Ergonomics is a rigorous engineering field. Okay, so I oversimplified in order to get your attention, but listen up: There is a lot of truth in that simplification. The discipline that calls itself "Human-Computer Interaction," or HCI, has two major components: research and practice. The research component is done in universities and research divisions of companies. The practice comes from all those interface and interaction designers out there making real products and Web sites. The research side is a combination of science and engineering, with the…
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