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This page provides an overview of 15 articles related to 'usability', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object. The object of use can be a software application, website, book, tool, machine, process, or anything a human interacts with. A usability study may be conducted as a primary job function by a usability analyst or as a secondary job function by designers, technical writers, marketing personnel, and others. It is widely used in consumer electronics, communication, and knowledge transfer objects (such as a cookbook, a document or online help) and mechanical objects such as a door handle or a hammer. Usability includes methods of measuring usability and the study of the principles behind an object's perceived efficiency or elegance. In human-computer interaction and computer science, usability studies the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site (web usability) is designed. Usability differs from user satisfaction insofar as the former also embraces usefulness. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Usability)

Key statistics

Metadata related to 'usability' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'usability': 166 (9.5% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'usability' across all Ariadne articles: 467
  • Average number of references to 'usability' per Ariadne article: 2.81
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'usability': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'usability': 0.8 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'usability':

  1. lorraine paterson (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. boon low (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. chris awre (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. dana mckay (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. ruth wilson (see articles on this topic by this author)

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News and Events

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July 2005, issue44, news and events

News and Events

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October 2006, issue49, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2007, issue51, news and events

Editorial Introduction to Issue 52: The New Invisible Industry

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 52.

July 2007, issue52, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 57:Achieving the Balance

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 57.

October 2008, issue57, editorial

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2009, issue59, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2010, issue62, news and events

Editorial Introduction to Issue 63: Consider the Users in the Field

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 63.

April 2010, issue63, editorial

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2010, issue63, news and events

Editorial Introduction to Issue 66: Sanity Check

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 66.

January 2011, issue66, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 67: Changes Afoot

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 67.

July 2011, issue67, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 69

The editor introduces readers to the content of Ariadne Issue 69.

July 2012, issue69, editorial

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