Designing Usable Electronic Text: Ergonomic Aspects Of Human Information Usage

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Electronic documents offer the possibility of presenting virtually unlimited amounts of information to readers in forms which can be rapidly searched and structured to suit their needs. However, poor design and a failure to consider the user often combine to compromise the realization of this potential.; In this book, Dillon examines the issues involved in designing usable electronic documents from the perspective of the designer. It examines the human issues underlying information usage and emphasizes the issue of usability as the main problem in the electronic medium's failure to gain mass acceptance. In an attempt to provide a relevant description of the reading process that supports a more informed view of the issues, a series of studies examining readers and their views as well as uses of texts is reported. The results lead to the proposal of a user-centred framework that provides a broad qualitative model of the important issues for designers to consider when developing an electronic document.; "Designing Usable Electronic Text" focuses attention on aspects that are central to usability, and concludes with an analysis of the likely uses of such a framework and the realistic potential for electronic documents.

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Andrew Dillon is a Professor and Dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. A psychologist by training, he has written extensively on the human response to information technology and consulted with industry both in Europe and the US. He serves on the editorial boards of several major journals and writes a regular column on information architecture. He can be reached at adillon@ischool.utexas.edu.

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Designing Usable Electronic Text is without question an important resource to all professionals involved in the field of human-computer interaction and user interface designs.
- HCI International News, April 2005

[A]n engaging presentation of elements that play a role in reading text, be it on paper or electronic.
- The Indexer, Vol. 24, No. 2, Oct 2004

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