The CHI literature includes few studies of applications such as spreadsheets and databases that are used more in business than by consumers and researchers. However, the spreadsheet inspired many early proponents of user-centered design. Melissa Rodriguez Zynda recounts its emergence and evolution.Jonathan Grudin If we said that the history of spreadsheets was in many ways inextricably linked with the history of personal computing, we would not be the first [1,2]. Products such as VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3, and Multiplan paved the way for computing without coding, bringing the power of computing to non-programmers at a time when few applications did…
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