Not so fast. There's a lot more than that to using standards and guidelines for humancomputer interaction (HCI) design. Such guides are a mixed blessing and could even be a mixed curse. Here are a few things it might help you to know. Why do we want to use HCI standards in the first place? The obvious answer (surprise!) is to standardize the look and feel of a user interface. We certainly want to standardize the various windows and dialog boxes of a single product, and we may also want to standardize the interfaces of multiple products or…
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