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This page provides an overview of 166 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)

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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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Open Peer Review & Argumentation: Loosening the Paper Chains on Journals

Tamara Sumner and Simon Buckingham Shum of the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, describe the design and implementation of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, and some of the issues behind the approach that this journal takes to the process of scholarly review.

September 1996, issue5, project update

DESIRE: Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education

Klaas Wierenga, the director of DESIRE, describes this pan-European project in which the academic network services of the UK have a large stake.

September 1996, issue5, project update

Centre for Database Access Research (CEDAR): The Huddersfield Connection

Steve Pollitt describes the history and research behind CEDAR, the Centre for Database Access Research, which specialises in work on the design of interfaces for information retrieval systems.

July 1996, issue4, project update

ADAM: Information Gateway to Resources on the Internet in Art, Design, Architecture and Media

Nearly half a year after the project’s official start date, ADAM has a fledgling information gateway to information on the Internet in art, design, architecture and media. Tony Gill, ADAM Project Leader, outlines what has been achieved so far, and some of the challenges that lie directly ahead.

May 1996, issue3, project update

What's Good and Bad about BUBL

Traugott Koch reviews the Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL).

January 1996, issue1, feature article

From the Trenches: HTML, Which Version?

In From the Trenches, a regular column which delves into the more technical aspects of networking and the World Wide Web, Jon Knight, programmer and a member of the ROADS team, takes a look at the causes of good and bad HTML and explains what tags we should be marking up Web pages with.

January 1996, issue1, tooled up

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