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User Interface Design for Mere Mortals by Eric Butow

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2

Concepts and Issues

“If you don’t crack the shell, you can’t eat the nut.”

—Persian Proverb

Topics Covered in This Chapter

Computing Terms

User Interface Models

Design Improvements and Aggravations

Future Plans

Usability Terms

User Analysis Terms

User Analysis Trends

Accessibility Issues

There are numerous models for interfacing with a computer. These not only include the graphical user interface (GUI) that you’re probably used to using on your own computer, but also interfaces that are growing in popularity, such as touch screen interfaces.

Before I discuss models, it’s important for you to get a solid grounding in the terminology that I will use throughout this book. These terms, as well as the meaning behind them, are important for you to ...

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